Ralph's Daily Devotional - Thursday, January 25

Proverbs 1:20-21 is an interesting passage that describes the fact that wisdom is not esoteric (mysterious and hidden), but rather accessible to all who seek it.  The "public square" and "city gate"  were centers of city life where the people met to conduct daily affairs.  There is a name for this kind of wisdom.  It's called, "street smarts"; the ability to wisely and shrewdly live a life in which one is not victim to their own foolishness or the foolishness of others. Today let's consider this first, in light of God's public wisdom in revealing something of Himself to us.

According to Scripture, God has given us a public and universal knowledge of Himself (Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:18-21).  These verses teach us that only a fool would believe that there is no God when the complexity, diversity and majesty of creation demonstrates that this universe is not the product of mere random chance. 

Of course, there is also the deeper need to understand and experience God through personal encounters as well as Scripture.  Yet this "general revelation of God" in creation is enough to separate the wise from the foolish.  Those who deny God's revelation may be intelligent and even successful, but in the final analysis they will not be wise.  As St. Paul states, "professing to be wise, they became fools" (Romans 1:22).

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