Many people believe that the major problems people face can be solved by human wisdom, such as science and philosophy. But what are people's greatest problems? Aren't we concerned about war, crime, corruption, broken homes, delinquent children, alcoholism, drugs, death, and disease? Can human wisdom really solve these problems?
Jeremiah 10:23 says, "O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; It is not in man who walks to direct his own steps." Let's face it. Every real problem we have can be traced, directly or indirectly to sin. We are guilty of disobeying God!
Whether it be murder or stealing, pornography or adultery, alcoholism or lying, the problem is human lust, greed, and immorality. Even death and disease are in the world because sin is in the world. Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been "doing our own thing," following our own human wisdom. And it hasn't worked, and it won't work, because "the way of man is not in himself."
What people really need is the willpower to control our lusts and to learn to love others. Then we need to be made free from the guilt of our past sins (John 8:32,34). In other words, we need repentance and forgiveness.
Now what source of wisdom can we find that will tell us the truth about these issues? Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
Human wisdom cannot solve our real problems. But Divine wisdom can, provided we are willing to study it and obey it.
To please God, we must know the truth, and that truth is found in God's word.
(c) Copyright David E. Pratte, 8/2/2005
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