Today I was reminded in a fresh, unexpected way of something I hope I will never forget. It came from the mind and mouth of a young woman who is wise beyond what her mental disability might allow. Here is what she stated so simply and beautifully: “I love God more than anything in the world.”
So today, I ask myself this question, “Why do so many people that I know or personally observe fail to see the wisdom in this simple, clear statement?”
Lesson learned: True wisdom and knowledge does not always rest in the mind and mouths of elitist academicians. Sometimes it takes someone who thinks less abstractly and more elementary to remind us of the importance of the real presence of God in our lives — that God should be primary in our lives, not secondary. Sometimes it takes someone who is removed from the wiles of the world to see clearly the simplicity that is in Christ.
This statement is also a re-verification that it is God who reveals Himself to those He loves. Otherwise, how else would this challenged young woman so deeply know the profundity and truth of her words? How else would she know the expanse of the love which God has given to her?
Only God can change a heart, be it simple or complex. Only God can regenerate the wise or teach the unlearned. Only God can give heavenly wisdom to those whom He knows and has called. Like this young woman, those whom He has called will know His voice. This young woman, in all of her simplicity, is evidence of a heart regenerated by God alone.
Thank you to this special young woman in my life for reminding me of this precious truth today.
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
(1 Corinthians 1:20-31)