Popular Wisdom or God's Plan: Which Will You Chose?

Popular wisdom, in this article, is a reference to the wisdom that comes from sources other than God. It is a wisdom from human experiences and speculations, as opposed to wisdom that has been revealed by God.

In our text (see I Cor. 2:6-10), Paul says that God has kept secret from human authorities and popular wisdom some plans that are only for those who belong to God. Thus, we have the inspiration for the title of this series of devotionals, “God Has a Plan.”

When we look at so much going on in our world, we are tempted to wonder, "Is God still around"? The stock market and economy are all over the place. People are dying so unexpectantly. And relationships that we thought were so trust worthy are proving that they are not as worthy of trust as we supposed.

But yet I declare to all who read these words that God has a plan. I want to suggest in this series of devotionals that “We should be mindful of God’s plan and our status.”

In this devotional, let's focus on how God's plan is not always known by or endorsed by popular understanding. In our text, God had kept secret from the authorities of this world that Jesus Christ was the savior and lord of the world.

No matter how many books one would have read, no matter how many interviews one would have conducted, and no matter how much money one would have had, one would not have known about the supremacy of Christ, because God had hid it from worldly wisdom.

However, just because worldly wisdom could not see and understand did not negate God’s plan of sending His only begotten Son that whosoever believe on Him would not perish but have eternal life.

The ignorance of worldly wisdom did not negate God’s plan of providing life and that more abundantly for His people. God had a plan that worldly wisdom could not understand.

A deep understanding of this idea will keep us from being in despair because those with popular wisdom are in despair. Understanding that God is not limited by this world's wisdom will keep us from a spirit of panic simply because human authorities don't know what to do with the problems that face our communities today.

In fact, understanding that God is greater than popular opinion will give us a peace of mind, joy, and hope that will seem awfully strange to those who don't know that God has a plan.

Seeing God as bigger than the wisdom of this age will give us a confidence and calmness, even when health is failing, families are falling apart, and income is not in line with expenses. Thank God that God has more going for Him and us than poplar wisdom.

Self Examination

Who do you look to as your ultimate source of wisdom? Do you look to those with worldly wisdom or to those who are in tuned with the Lord?

Do you behave as if your trust is really in the Lord? Or do you panic when worldly authorities panic?

What will you do to improve in this area?


Great and awesome God, I praise You for being a God who is high above popular wisdom. I thank You for Your marvelous plan for Your people. I thank You for saving me and allowing me to be numbered among Your people.

I confess that I have not always looked to You for wisdom. In fact, too often times I have despaired because of popular wisdom, instead of trusting in your gracious plan and wisdom for my life. I pray that You would forgive me for this and my many others sins, in the name of Jesus.

Please help me to look beyond popular wisdom and trust your gracious plan for my life. I thank You, in the name or your Son and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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