I’m a very trusting (and somewhat gullible) person. If I don’t remember to think carefully, I’ll believe what I’m told without question. Given the amount of conflicting information out there, it’s challenging to know who to trust. Where should I put my confidence?
Wisdom, Strength, Accomplishment
The [Corinthian] church is putting its confidence in human wisdom and strength. But the gospel teaches us to put our confidence “in the Lord” (v. 31), and particularly in “Christ crucified,” who is “the power of God and the wisdom of God” (vv. 23–24). We must rely not on human accomplishment but on the accomplishment of Christ…to access God’s transforming power, believers therefore should not rely on worldly measures of success (vv. 26–28).
Human wisdom can be misguided and can fail. Human accomplishments are short-lived. That’s why I try to put my confidence in God, and rely on Him for guidance, strength, and long-lasting purpose.
Relying on God’s Wisdom
What does this look like in real life? How do I try to figure out the difference between the world’s wisdom and God’s wisdom? I:
- Ask God for guidance.
- See if there’s anything in the Bible about it.
- Talk to a handful of people I trust.
- Wait and listen. There are so many times I’ve wondered about something, and then God revealed the answer later when I wasn’t expecting it.
Just for full disclosure, these steps are what I try to do. I succeed sometimes, but not so much other times. I’m a work in progress, just like everyone else!
I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have additional ways you focus on God’s wisdom and strength?