“Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe.
“For Jews demand signs, and Greeks seek wisdom,
but we preach Christ crucified,
a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,
but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks: Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise …
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:20-27, 31
I’ve been meditating on this passage. I know I’ve read it before, but for some reason this week it has been striking me. It is counterintuitive and yet perfectly divine. God receives glory when those who have no earthly recognition, are raised up.
It is a good reminder to humble yourself. What you achieve through worldly wisdom does not last.