“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hos. 4:6a). “Fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7b). These words from the Bible apply both to individuals and to nations; they explain the cause of personal misery and national disorder. It is still true that by sowing the wind of folly we reap the whirlwind of chaos.
There must be an explanation for the phenomenon of a world gone mad—and there is; there must be a cure—and there is. Men have rejected God’s way and gone their own. They have rejected God’s wisdom in favor of man’s. “Claiming to be wise, they became fools,” because they “exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator …” (Rom. 1:22, 25).
Basic to true wisdom is the recognition of God as Creator, the Source of all things. Rule him out of his universe and one has taken the road to folly. God has placed before every man irrefutable evidence of his wisdom and power. David speaks of this in Psalm 19. And the Apostle Paul neatly wraps up the truth in these words: “What can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19, 20).
What then has happened? Is it not that men have accepted the wisdom of this world rather than the wisdom that proceeds from a reverential faith and trust in God?
True wisdom, for man, is adjustment to and acceptance of God’s revealed truth. It lies in seeing himself, the creature, in right perspective to God, the Creator, and in acting accordingly. The wisdom of the world denies or ignores God, but true wisdom gives ...1
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