Wise foolishness

A sense of horror overwhelmed me as I realised that it was only by the Lord holding me on a tight leash that I was kept from working for the destruction of His people.

The Lord has given me a degree of wisdom. As I have watched a spiritual train wreck happening, I have been tempted out of a misguided sense of compassion to intervene and sort it out. I am frustrated by the failure of leadership to do what is needed. The Lord however has held me back. And so He should, for if I were to speak I would damage His body and disrupt His greater plan.

Paul writes, ‘If anyone thinks he is wise by the standards of this world, he should become a fool so that he can become wise.’ (1 Corinthians 3:18) The problem with wisdom is that it can only work with what is perceived and understood, it cannot see God’s big picture. So in this ‘train wreck’ I have to fight against the counsel of wisdom, however godly it seems. A greater wisdom is at play that will ultimately expose my limited wisdom as foolishness. I have to become a fool in my own eyes as I restrain myself, knowing that the Lord has spoken a deeper wisdom into my heart. Faith trusts that God’s counsel will prove true. Hope waits patiently for Jesus’ intervention and love is possible only in this settled state of knowing the Lord has all in hand.