July 6, 2010 around 9:00 am GMT +8
“We have depended on God’s grace, not on our own human wisdom. That is how we have conducted ourselves before the world, and especially toward you.” 2 Cor. 1:12b With these words we can say that it can be assumed that there were times when they could have depended on HUMAN WISDOM, and that they do have intelligence, they do have the ability to do things their way, they could have, it would still seem wise (based on human wisdom), and it is still wisdom but simply not God’s but man’s. But it there was a CHOICE that had to be made and it was the choice to depend on grace. There are times when we have NO CHOICE left and we just run to God. At other times, we actually do have a choice, and there is actually a temptation to choose OUR OWN WAY because it seems wiser to us to depend on our abilities. But for Paul, the CHOICE was clear, God’s wisdom is supreme, and although they may have their own abilities and knowledge, they chose to depend on God. To “put no confidence in the flesh” and so this is something Paul had to mention as something RIGHT that they did when it comes to dealing with the Corinthian. And it is sometimes if not oftentimes misunderstood – the decisions based on God’s wisdom – because God’s ways are higher than man’s ways. How consistent are we in always considering what God has to say, in the decisions that we make? Do we esteem our own wisdom higher than God’s? Does this knowledge and esteem for God’s wisdom manifest in our day to day activities and decisions?