Saturday, 10 May 2014
…and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:20
Again, Paul returns to Scripture to confirm the point he has been making. This is a citation from Psalm 94:11. Directly quoted, it says this –
“The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
That they are futile.”
The substitution of “wise” instead of “men” is intended for those he has been speaking of who hold to the wisdom of the world without including God in their thoughts. The word he uses for “thoughts” is comparable to “reasonings.” In other words, the search for the knowledge of things is futile when people do it apart from understanding that God is the ultimate Cause of all things.
A perfect example of this in the 21st century is the scientific study going on at CERN – the Large Hadron Collider which is on the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva. At this immense facility is a 27 kilometer long ring of superconducting magnets with accelerating structures to boost energy. These are used to bring matter close to the speed of light and smash it into other matter going in the opposite direction. In their research, they are attempting to find “the God-particle.”
They believe that by finding a particular particle which results from this type of collision, they will be able to answer all of the questions concerning the creation of the universe. On their website, they begin by asking this –
“What is the universe made of? How did it start? Physicists at CERN are seeking answers, using some of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators.”
Rather than approaching their studies from the presupposition that there is a God and their research will help us to understand how God does things, they leave Him out of the equation. The ultimate answer, therefore, will always elude them and they will be kept from what they desire most. Someday, at the judgment of man unless they call on Christ first, they will be eternally separated from Him, but they will know that He exists. Thus, they will spend eternity lacking contact with what they now realize to be the truth. It is a sad thought, but it is the state of unregenerate man.
Life application: Without God, the smartest person is just a dolt, but with God, the least intelligent chap is a true genius. Be really smart; call on Christ!
I would rather be shunned by the brightest and best of this world than to be without Jesus. Thank You, O God, for Jesus. Hallelujah and Amen.