Sorry this is late. I need to break my habit of writing posts at midnight, but it seems often that that is the only time I have to write. Anyway, this is supposed to be yesterday’s Sunday’s Scripture post, but it is now Monday, so yeah. Sorry about that. =/ I need to keep to my schedule more. Anyway, here we go. Hopefully this helps you guys.
Alright, so I’ve talked a lot about conformity on my blog, and I’m sure most if not all of you know that conformity is something that I get very antsy about. I don’t like it when people conform, and I don’t like it when I see conformity in myself. To conform is to bend yourself to someone else’s standards, and it has roots in so many different things. One of these things may is very subtle (aren’t they all?), and I’m afraid more people succumb to it than they think. This kind of conformity? Conforming to the “wisdom of the world.”
1 Corinthians 3:19-20 says, “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.’ [ESV]” Alright, so what is this “wisdom of the world”? Well, it is what it says on the package. It is what the world thinks is wise. This can come from anybody. Friends, family, loved ones, acquaintances, pastors, teachers, me, all of these are sources for the wisdom of the world.
Woah woah woah woah. You might say. Hang on a second. A lot of those people have legitimate advice, y’know, stuff that makes sense, logical things. Well, yeah, that’s true, but guess what, it always has their spin on it. Even if they are basing what they say off the Bible, it has their logic to it. Now, I will not deny that there are times when people say God-inspired things, but there are also a lot of times when they don’t, yet, because of their ethos, or maybe because they sound so logical, you take what they say for the truth, and accept it.
This is a problem. In fact, this is a very big problem, because if you look at that verse up there, it says the wisdom of this world is folly with God. If something is folly, or foolishness with the Creator of all, then you probably should avoid it. You can see all throughout the Bible examples of people taking things into their own hands and messing up badly. Adam and Eve, right from the get go. Eve took the apple, and Adam let her eat it. They both disobeyed God for the “wisdom of the world.” Hang on a second, you say. That was Satan. It was.
Satan, after he fell from Heaven, became of this world. He is the “wisdom of the world.” Satan is the person who takes something and makes it sound logical and good, despite it being bad and destructive. How then are we to discern what is the wisdom of the world and what is God-inspired? Good question. All this can sound very scary, because it is so deceptive and can slip so easily through the cracks. There are lies everywhere, pervading everyday life, and these can cause harm to anyone.
The key lies in falling back to what we know is true: the Bible. Praying, about things you hear, reading and meditating on God’s Word, will go a long way to giving you understanding as to what the world says and what is really true. Sometimes you might find that the world is not that far off. If that is the case, all well and good. Problem solved. However, if you find that you have been believing a lie, please, make all haste to remedy that. Also, always watch out for your own sinful nature. That likes to step in and pervert your thinking too. Pray before you read, while you read, and after you read. Pray while you meditate too. The Creator knows exactly what he was talking about when he wrote it.