February 24
‘For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight.’ 1 Corinthians 3:19a
Bible reading: Jeremiah 51:15-19 (Go to the Bible passage)
What level-headed and sensible person would still agree with these words of Jeremiah?
‘When He thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth’ (:16a). We, modern people, have become far too wise to confirm this.
Poor, conceited modern people!
As soon as we begin to understand something of the forces of nature, we think we own them and deny God the right to these powers. As soon as we – creatures - comprehend something of the creation, we dethrone the Creator and take the throne for ourselves.
We rather rely on our own insights and abilities and - it cannot be denied - we get along quite nicely. Until everything we think we can rely on, is really put to the test. Then human wisdom falls short and everything becomes worthless and perishes.
When a spring tide hits our coast, nothing can resist it. We shake our heads and build higher dams and floodgates, and we rest assured that nothing like that can ever happen again. Until the worldwide temperature rises because of global warming, and all our pride is inundated. We build a magnificent Peace Palace and say there will be no more war. We produce all kinds of insecticides and herbicides and are sure no plagues can happen anymore.
Yet - slowly but certainly - the end of this time of divine grace is drawing near, a time for everyone to have the chance to repent, to return to a life born of God by Jesus Christ. But when this time ends, the truth will be revealed: the foolishness of human wisdom.

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