“It’s back to school time!” These words can bring joy to some, while it leaves others to think, “Where did the summer go?” School really is a wonderful concept. It helps you to learn different things that will prepare you for a career and more importantly, experiences in life. While in school, you will gain knowledge. Knowledge and learning in general are very important, but as human beings we will never have ALL knowledge. No matter how much education and knowledge you gain, God will always have more.
Throughout history, men have placed their faith and knowledge in others. For example, the Greeks had ancient heroes like Alexander the Great, Socrates, Aristotle, and Plato. The Greeks also had a love for science, math, literature, and the arts. The Grecian society placed emphasis on philosophy or “love of wisdom,” they were very much impressed with men of great knowledge and listened intently on what they had to say.
In I Corinthians 1:18-25, Paul, in his letter to the church at Corinth, discusses man’s wisdom and God’s wisdom. The church in Corinth at this time did not have a “church building.” Groups of people would meet in homes making up many small congregations. Each of these small groups would be under their own leadership. The problem arose when these small congregations would begin competing with each other. These people would begin to follow different men and their teachings. Paul mentions Apollos in verse 12. Apollos was a great orator of the time and had people mesmerized. He would impart great knowledge to the Corinthians. Paul writes to the church in Corinth about not aligning themselves with men, including Apollos, Cephas, and himself (I Corinthians 1:12). Even though each of these men was proclaiming the gospel, Christians wanted to align themselves with them against others. We see this in the world today. Christians may have a favorite preacher or Bible class teacher they really like, but we must be careful to follow what the Bible says, not what man says. Following what men say can be a very dangerous practice. Men will always fail, but God never will (cf. Romans 3:23).
The Bible teaches that if you believe that you have more wisdom than God, you are foolish (I Corinthians 3:18-20). Just as Solomon begged God to give His wisdom, we must pray for it (I Kings 3:10; James 1:5). We, as Christians, should study the scriptures every day in order to gain knowledge and wisdom from God’s word. Paul tells Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:15, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
As you begin a new school year, you no doubt will gain new experiences and interactions with others. Always take comfort in knowing that God has all the wisdom. The beginning of a school year is like a fresh start. Commit to studying the Bible every day. If you are already doing this, commit to sharing what you have learned with others. Study so you will know what the Scriptures say before you have to face situations in the world. If you are interested in a particular topic, for example wisdom, get a good concordance and begin studying by doing a word search of where the word wisdom is discussed in scripture. Really commit to study and you will gain so much from knowing and understanding the Scriptures. I pray that you all have wonderful school year!
By: Kim Chalmers