Human Wisdom Verses God’s Wisdom:
In this age of technology and greed, an increased emphasis is being placed on education. Education, continually learning new things, is good. However, education can become a false God and a massive deception. We need to make sure that education is in the proper place in our lives.
After years of studying and getting diplomas and degrees, we can become so proud of our knowledge and our collection of diplomas and degrees, the we get ‘puffed up’ with pride. Sometimes we get so puffed up, that we think we know as much or more than God. Or we think we can do things better than God, or we can become a God or be ‘like God.’ This is a huge deception!
We can never match God’s wisdom, and we will always be able to find someone who is smarter than we are. So why do we think so highly of ourselves? After all, which one of us can speak a heaven and earth into existence? Who among us can part the Red sea or stop a raging storm?
Sometimes we also think that our “human intellect” can reason and figure out how the world came into existence, without including God in our equation. We spend millions of dollars and fabricate stories so that we can “humanly prove” God right out of the picture. After all, if we rationalize God away, we don’t have to be accountable for our own actions. Then we think we can live our lives in every kind of perversion, have as much fun as we want, and hurt as many people as we need to in order to achieve our personal goals–without having to answer for it.
But rationalizing God “out of our lives” doesn’t truly take His Presence away. Like it or not, God is still present, watching men as they move about in His creation. God will not be mocked by men. He will see that they give an accounting of their lives here on earth to Him on judgement day. Then perhaps we will understand the foolishness of human rationalization and human wisdom. Scripture tells us, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Corinthians 1:25 NKJV)
If anyone thinks his intellect and/or power compares with God, he should read about King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel, chapter 4 of the Bible. This story clearly shows a true picture of God’s intelligence and power as compared to mans. Human wisdom cannot begin to compare with God’s. In 1 Corinthians 2:3-5 NKJV, the Apostle Paul says, “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Because we are finite human beings, we allow our human wisdom to become elevated above God’s wisdom in our lives. We must take care not to let our human wisdom take the place of God’s wisdom. We must also take care not to twist God’s word and pervert the true meaning of it. We must pray that God’s Holy Spirit will reveal the true meaning of scripture to us.
One example of human wisdom conflicting with God’s wisdom became apparent to me when I met my present husband Steve. As we were getting to know one another through conversation, he began to tell me about his church. He told me that they believed in speaking in tongues, miracles, and other works of God that I had previously been taught were not works of God. When I asked the Pastor of my church at that time, he kept telling me, “We don’t do that here” or “That was meant only for the time of the original twelve apostles.”
My mind was utterly confused and I wanted to know the truth because men from both viewpoints were trying to convince me their beliefs were the only correct beliefs. Finally, I realized that I couldn’t just take the words of men as truth because I knew they were human, and there was a possibility for error. I needed to know what the truth was for my soul’s sake. Therefore, I prayed and sought God, asking Him to show me the truth. I also told Him that I would not accept the words of men, for I knew they could be mistaken. I wanted the truth straight from the Source. I kept seeking God for the answer through prayer and the reading of scripture. Finally my answer came in an experience I can never forget!
I attended church with Steve several times as we were getting to know one another. I could sense the Spirit of God tugging at my heart as I listened to his pastor speak. One evening, while attending one of the services with Steve, I sat in a pew centrally located in the sanctuary. The Pastor asked for those who needed prayer to come to the altar. My friend, Steve, went forward for prayer.
At this time I kept thinking, “I should go and pray for Steve.” Soon after this thought came to me, the Pastor asked for those who wanted to pray for people to come forward, lay hands on the person they were praying for, and pray.
I hesitated to go forward for a moment because I was unsure of this new church. However, I finally decided to go forward and pray. I took one normal-sized step from my seat into the center aisle between two sections of pews. At that moment, though I was unaware of what was happening, the Holy Spirit picked me up and put me behind Steve up at the altar. Almost immediately, I heard the Pastor ask me, “Sister, do you want a healing?”
I couldn’t answer because I was still caught up in the Spirit. Then the Holy Spirit released me, and I realized I was at the altar, but I did not know how I got there. Soon after this, the Pastor asked that same question again. Needless to say, I was confounded when I realized I was at the altar and didn’t know how I got there. I didn’t think clearly so I answered the Pastor, “No, I just want to pray for my friend, Steve.”
After service that day, I went home and prayed, asking God, “What happened to me today?” Then I opened my Bible to read and noticed the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch in Acts chapter eight. In that story, the Holy Spirit translated Philip from the place he was to the place where the Ethiopian Eunuch was riding in the chariot, reading the book of Isaiah. God picked Philip up and put him near the chariot to explain God’s word more fully to the Eunuch.
Suddenly I realized that God had translated me from the middle of the church to the place behind Steve at the altar. God did this so I could see how powerful He was, and know that I was in the right place. Several times God confirmed to me that this was His truth and He had more for me that I had ever known before.
Not long after this I was baptized by the Holy Spirit and received the evidence of speaking in tongues. God baptizes people by the Holy Spirit to release His divine power in His children, giving them boldness and empowering them for service.
Many Christians are frightened by God’s miraculous power (like I used to be). Either they do not understand God’s heart of love, they have been taught by men that this is from Satan instead of God, or they have been misled by other teachings of men. Also, many don’t want to speak in tongues because they don’t want to sound foolish before other people. Whatever the reason, they choose not to believe in this gift of God. This is between them and God.
I am sharing my testimony to encourage others to earnestly seek God for the truth! God is the only one who is infallible and He wants to show His children the truth. In 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NKJV, God’s word tells us, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.” Speaking in tongues is a gift from God that is clearly shown in the Bible!
God doesn’t change. He doesn’t stop giving gifts to empower His children for service. We need this power from God for the work He has for us to do in this world.
The Apostles had a great work to do for God so He empowered them. Today, that work still continues through God’s servants in the church. Why would God stop equipping His children now, when they are still doing the work of spreading His word across the globe? The answer is clear: God wouldn’t stop giving these gifts to His children in a time when evil is increasing across the globe and His children need the gifts just as much as those who came before us!