The Doorpost: We cannot outsmart God

By Ray King  ·  Aug 25, 2021

Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you thinks that he is wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,” and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 
1 Corinthians 3:18-20 

Most of us want to avoid being thought of as fools, yet the passage above tells us that becoming a fool is the first step to becoming wise. 

If we want to have true wisdom, we must be willing to become fools in the eyes of those who trust in the world’s wisdom, no matter how powerful, prosperous, or wise they may seem to be. 

We may be told that following Biblical principles cannot lead to success. We must not deceive ourselves. The wisdom of this world is folly with God and will not bring true success.   

In Isaiah 55:9, God says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Proverbs 14: 12 warns, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”   

The first step to becoming wise is becoming a fool. We cannot outsmart God.