My grandmother was born in 1893 as the 19th century was drawing to a close. Her husband fought in WW1 and her son in WW2. Despite living through such traumatic times, I remember her looking across the tea-table one day with wide, nervous eyes as our telephone began to ring. “You answer it,” she begged. I rolled my eyes with all the insouciance of a teenager and went off to do so. “Why does answering the phone make you so nervous?” I asked later. To my astonishment, looking embarrassed, she confessed, “I’m never quite sure it won’t be the devil on the other end!” I didn’t understand this awe of the unknown until the use of satellite navigation, in its turn, took my breath away and made me feel nervous!
Humanity has made amazing discoveries and accumulated vast stores of wisdom over the centuries. Today our world would be unrecognisable to those who lived just two centuries ago. I have mused over the great progress and amazing discoveries we have made throughout the ages, and grieved over the self-important arrogance these have generated! The progress of humanity is intrinsically linked with our ongoing discoveries of all that Yahweh fastened into the universe when He created it. The more of these wonders we unlock or access, the more amazing life on earth becomes, as long as we use these discoveries for good, of course. However, discovery plus humanity frequently leads to disaster.
There is an immeasurable, breath-taking immensity to the wisdom of Yahweh which makes all our wisdom seem like stupidity! This is why the apostle Paul could write, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in [Yahweh’s] sight” [1 Corinthians 3:19]. We may live in the 21st century, with all its technological advances and accumulated knowledge, but in Yahweh’s eyes it is just like foolishness. How humbling that is
For those of us who believe in Him, wisdom is found in Yahshua, Who, the scriptures tell us, is the wisdom of Yahweh [1 Corinthians 1:24]. Yahweh has made us part of His Son, who then becomes to us, “wisdom from [Elohim], righteousness and sanctification and redemption” [1 Corinthians 1:30]. And that is simply mind-blowing!