Not So Smart
We preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength. (I Corinthians 1:23-25)
We like to think that we are smarter than God. Not when we take time to actually think about it. But when, without thinking, our mind runs in that direction.
It’s only natural for us to draw this foolish conclusion. After all, our sinful nature rebels against its Creator. It is at a state of war against the Holy One.
Our sinful flesh has been fed the propaganda that the presses of hell have spit out. It has been encouraged by the chants of protest against God that rise from the swarm of humans also in revolt. At times gullible, we can find ourselves believing the lies.
Our mind is a precious gift from our Lord. We have the ability to evaluate, to plan, to come to conclusions, and to initiate action. We have the power of reason.
We make decisions in life on the basis of whether or not something makes sense. We discard that which appears to be foolish. Our mind is a precious gift from God.
The problem is that our mind can be high jacked. Someone, or something, can take control of it for selfish and dangerous purposes.
We are all too familiar with the ability of an enemy to take control of an airplane that is intended to deliver people safely to a destination. In the enemy’s hands, the plane becomes the instrument of death.
In the hands of the spiritual enemy that would bring us down, our mind can be turned off course, and diverted to the route that ends in disaster.
The Son of God, himself, entered into our time and space to provide a way out from the death trap we were living in. He died so that we might live. He overcame death so that we might live forever.
Is that so hard to believe? It is if Satan is at the controls of our mind. It is if we believe his lies and misdirection.
“Sin” he tells us, is “fun.” “Faith” he labels as “foolishness.” “The death of Jesus” he reports, is “meaningless.”
He lies. He spreads lies. He encourages lying.
He knows that the path of his existence has been programmed in by the Holy One. His end is certain. He will crash and burn. He wants others to join him on this ride of infamy.
We will not. Instead, we will let the wisdom and power of God guide our minds and hearts to safety.
To eject God from our life would not be smart.
Powerful God of grace and glory, we realize that our spiritual enemies are crafty and deadly. We understand that they can use our weapons, weapons you have given us, against us. Keep us from foolishness. Keep Satan from taking control of our reasoning power. Keep us from being vectored to hell. Keep us in the saving faith. Keep us smart.
Written by Pastor Paul Ziemer, WELS National Civilian Chaplain
and Liaison to the Military, Cape Coral, Florida
Provided by WELS Ministry to the Military