As God says in the Scriptures, “I will destroy the wisdom of all who claim to be wise. I will confuse those who think they know so much.”
What happened to those wise people? What happened to those experts in the Scriptures? What happened to the ones who think they have all the answers? Didn't God show that the wisdom of this world is foolish? God was wise and decided not to let the people of this world use their wisdom to learn about him.
Instead, God chose to save only those who believe the foolish message we preach.
1 Corinthians 1:19-21
More than forty years ago I was first exposed to the concept of how the Gospel of Jesus Christ impacts different cultures. For me, at the time it was an "earth shaking" revelation that each culture will adjust itself to the truths of God's Word, but each one will remain distinct and unique even after being impacted by and remaining true to the Gospel!
That truth is crucial when you proclaim the message of Jesus to cultures other than your own. Otherwise you unwittingly export your own culture along with the Gospel.
But the Wisdom of God goes far beyond even that wisdom about different cultures.
Over the years I have seen men and women violate this bit of human wisdom about the Gospel and cultures and still have their efforts mightily blessed by God. Here is the "bottom line of following Jesus." Use the wisdom God has given you AND do everything He tells you to do even when it doesn't seem wise! That is what Abraham had to do when God told him to sacrifice his son Isaac! And that is what you will have to do as a follower of Jesus, navigating through this life.Remember that obedience to the Word of God often comes before understanding!
"Lord Jesus, thank You for giving me the wisdom to walk through this world as Your follower. But help me Lord to never put even wisdom itself before being obedient to You. May You be praised now and forever. Amen."