Wisdom of Sons, Foolishness of Fathers

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Bible Reading: Proverbs 1:1-9, 3:1-7 

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men” (1 Corinthians 1:25)

There was a little boy named Johnny. He had a characteristic that is not uncommon for a boy—he admired his father. In fact, Johnny thought his father was the best man anywhere. At school he would brag about how much weight his father could lift, how smart he was, and how many different things he could do. There was no one like Johnny’s father, at least in Johnny’s opinion.  

Something happened as Johnny grew older. When he was about fourteen years old, he insisted that folks call him John. Something else happened that was more significant. Johnny thought he was becoming wiser; in fact, it seemed that he was wiser than his father. If he had told you exactly what he was thinking, he would have said that his father had become a little ignorant. Grown-up Johnny started to openly challenge his father’s decisions and even rebel against them. This caused friction because it seemed to Johnny that his father remained ignorant and did not want to improve.  

But as the years passed by, Johnny noticed a great change in his father. He grew exceedingly wise again! In fact, it seemed to Johnny that his father’s foolish moments were even wiser than his own wiser moments. Suddenly Johnny understood who had really changed. It was Johnny himself.  

So it is with us and our heavenly Father. Our innocent love for Him turns into outright rebellion if we grow wise in our own eyes. We must continue growing until we understand that the Father’s “foolishness” is wiser than our greatest wisdom.  

~James Baer 

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