Human Wisdom is Not Enough

“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power.”

1 Corinthians 2:4

Ponder This

Human wisdom is superficial. You could take a course in systematic theology and learn all of the facts about God. You could get out a notebook and write them all down. You could say God is omnipotent, God is omniscient, and many other facts that are true about God. Yet, you wouldn’t know God. The teacher could use all kinds of compelling speech and clever phraseology but that wouldn’t help you know God. In 1 Corinthians 2:4, the Apostle Paul said that when he came and preached, he didn’t come with human wisdom. The people at Corinth had been swept away by worldly philosophy. Now the Apostle Paul, if he had wanted to, could have taught with mighty intellect. He had a great amount of knowledge. But he was terrified at the thought that their faith should stand in human wisdom because it is so superficial. It is the supernatural wisdom of God that gives us true knowledge of Him. Nothing else will do.

  • What are some ways you might have tried to know God through human wisdom?
  • How would it look different to know Him through His wisdom?

Practice This

Confess before God the ways you have sought to know Him through human wisdom and ask Him to give you supernatural knowledge of Him through His Word.