Foolishness and Wisdom

Posted 7/29/2018

I like the idea that I can do whatever I please. But I know it isn’t the truth. I know that if I say something hurtful, someone will be hurt. I know that if I eat too much, my health will be harmed. I know I live in a world where there are consequences for what I do. That means I really can’t do what I please, at least not without there being consequences.

The Bible knows that too. In fact, it defines foolishness as thinking we can do what we please without any consequences. Yet the Bible doesn’t say these consequences come about “naturally” in the sense that we today use that word. Rather, it insists the consequences come about because God has established an order to the world and going against that order has consequences. The consequences are what Scripture calls God’s “judgment” upon sin.

Living in harmony with that order also has consequences. The consequences are what Scripture calls the “peace” of God. When we live in harmony with God’s intentions for the world, we experience the abundant life God intended.

Unfortunately, our world bears witness to the fact all too often we don’t live in harmony with God’s intentions for the world. That is why we need the good news of Jesus. Jesus did live in harmony with God’s intentions; and through the gift of his Spirit we too can live in harmony with God’s intentions. 

It isn’t easy, but by the power of the Spirit we are able to live wisely and know the peace God alone gives.