WISDOM FOR THE AGES
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
(1 Corinthians 1:25)
Like most people in our community, and country, I watched the solar eclipse last month. Like most people, I marveled at the amazing dis-play of God’s creative power and wisdom. Events like this are significant because they help us cele-brate what is often taken for granted. I admit, like most people, I rarely think about the rotation of the earth and how all the celestial bodies fit per-fectly in the heavens. However, what we accept as common knowledge was once considered fool-ishness.
For centuries, the wisdom of man stated the earth was the center of the universe and that the sun revolved around it. Copernicus (1474-1543) was a renowned astronomer and Catholic clergy-man. His studies suggested the sun was the center of the universe, with the earth rotating around it.
However, the Church and society considered him foolish. One prominent theologian cited Joshua 10:12-13 as “proof” that the sun moves around the earth. It would take decades for this “wisdom” to gain wide acceptance.
Around this same time, another Catholic theologian was sharing his newfound “wisdom.” The commonly accepted belief was that man earned salvation through a series of good works and acts of penance. While studying the Bible, Martin Luther discovered salvation was a free gift from God. He discovered Jesus, the Son of God, was the center of salvation. Luther cited Scriptures like Romans 3:21-24 to challenge the Church’s teachings and practices and pro-claimed salvation was by grace alone, faith in Christ alone as taught in Scripture alone. Like Copernicus, Luther’s “wisdom” was rejected and labeled foolishness by the Church. It would take decades for this wisdom to gain wide ac-ceptance.
Like most Christians, it is easy for me to take the Gospel message for granted since I have always embraced the wisdom of Scripture. This month, I am looking forward to several special celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I appreciate these events because they remind me of the amazing grace of God. I hope you will join me in celebrating all the gifts of God this month—in Sunday worship, weekly Bible Studies, and special events.
Dear friends in Christ, the wisdom of man can, and will, change. New discoveries and in-sights occur on a regular basis. The wisdom of God never changes. I pray this wisdom gives you strength and joy to face any and all changes you might face in your life.
Pastor Mark Rhoads