Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Cor. 1:20)
READ: 1 Corinthians 1:19-20
There is a thin line between wisdom and foolishness. Although these are at separate ends, yet, for the One who controls wisdom, it takes little or nothing to move somebody from one extreme to the other end of the continuum. 1 Corinthians 1:19 says, “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent”. If you wake up in the morning and realize you are still in your right senses, do not take it for granted; give God praise! Some people are proud because of their academic exploits and achievements. Such pride is foolishness! Do you know that it takes just an incident for the One who controls wisdom to turn a sane fellow mad? Many years ago, when I was very young, there was a professor of history at Ilesa who lost his mind. Whenever we were in the history class, our history teacher would buy him a keg of palm wine and he will ask us what course of history we wanted him to lecture us on.
Similarly, there was a woman in Rivers state (Nigeria) who would wake up in the morning and go with a calabash in her hand to the ocean. It’s as if she wants to remove something from the water. Why? Her only son who went abroad to study was returning home by ship. After arriving Apapa Wharf (Nigeria), on seeing his mother, he was so excited that he let go of the railing to wave at her. He missed his steps and fell. He was never found. So the mother went berserk as a result and was often seen searching for her son’s body. Are you arrogant? Beware! It can take just one incident to turn you into a mad fellow. When God gives some people wisdom, they begin to use it against Him. Have you acquired knowledge, degrees or certificates and now use such against God’s Kingdom? You are treading on a very dangerous path! If what you have acquired cannot be used to enlarge God’s Kingdom and improve the welfare of fellow men, that knowledge is useless. Daniel 2:21 says God is the One who gives wisdom to the wise. Wisdom is a gift from God. One word of wisdom from God can confound your enemies. It is wisdom to be quiet when everybody else is talking. How wise are you?
Pray that God will keep you on the side of wisdom and keep you from foolishness. Thank God for a sound mind.
Bible in One year: 2 Chron. 26-29