Worldly Wisdom Vs. Foolish Faith!1 Cor 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Is it really foolish to have faith, or is it foolish not to?My brother has often told me religion is made up by the government to control the people, or that religion is for the weak!I would have to party agree with the last statement, but not as he means it!Religion is indeed for the weak! But he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Have you ever met a know-it-all?You know the ones that you cannot tell anything, because they think they know everything!Now, I am sure that everyone here could teach me something, but I am sure that there are things I know that you don't. The problem with some is that they believe they are smarter than everyone else, and many even smarter than God or too smart to believe in God!
Creation vs. Evolution!The evolutionist believes that faith is foolish, now to them faith is a blind leap in the dark!Faith isnt based on a lack of evidence but on a lake of evidence! It is that which can be verified and proven that causes us to believe there is more below the surface!Lk 24:11 And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them.Joh 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing."
A look at the evidence!Ps. 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. (Cf. Ps. 46:10)Ps. 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.Rom 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse,
I. The Power!(1 Cor. 1:18 & 24)We are told twice in this passage who has the power, Christ does! (Cf. Mt. 28:18)Doo-nam-is = forceful & mighty, from this word we get our English word (dynamite!Christ is life changing, He is explosive, He is all powerful! (Cf. Rom. 1:16-17)The preaching of the cross is foolishness to them perishing, but to us it is the power of God to save! (Cf. 1 Cor. 2:1-2)
Keep in mind that the power is in the seed and not the sower, the message and not the messenger!1 Cor 3:6-7 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.2 Cor 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.It is the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus that has the power to save and not the wisdom of men! (1 Cor. 15:1-4)
II. The Preaching!(1 Cor. 1:18, 21 & 23)If we were to going to list jobs for the most important to the least, where would preaching be on the list?Here are the most common answers given for 5 most important jobs!Doctor, police, teacher, farmer & water workTeacher, doctor, psychologist, inventor & comedianPolice, cooks, butchers, builders & plumbers
5 most important jobs in the world according to Pew Research CenterSoldiers (78%)Teachers (72%)Physicians (70%)Scientists (70%)Engineers (68%)Clery (37%) even among those that attended church weekly it was only (51%) that claim clery contribute to society!
The world puts preaching far down the list, but were does God put it?Rom. 10:14-15 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"What real is more important physical things for spiritual? (Mt. 16:24-26)
III. The Problem!(1 Cor. 1:25)Two things I have learned in life, first if you have people you have problems and second God has no problems just plans!Men often think their understanding is some how greater than Gods plan!Pr. 14:12; 16:25; Is. 55:8,9 & Jer. 10:231 Cor 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.This verse speaks volumes!(Cf.Rom.10:1-3)
It is better to be a fool in the eyes of the world, then to be a fool in the eyes of God!Ps. 14:1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.Ps 10:4 In the pride of his countenance the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, "There is no God."
Conclusion:Men have often tried to find ways to disprove God, but most are converted in the process!I ask you this morning, are you living for worldly wisdom or foolish faith?Do we trust more in the Word of God or the wisdom of men?Faith may seem foolish to the world, but it is the world that is foolishly mistaken!If you are here and not yet a Christian, then today is the day, tomorrow may be too late!
May we never become foolish in the eyes of God simply to avoid being seen as foolish in the eyes of men!