He said, “Tomorrow!” Can you believe he said tomorrow? That is hilarious. Maybe he just loves frogs. I don’t know but he said, “Tomorrow.” One of the craziest things in Scripture that will never be used as an example of wisdom happened in Egypt during the tug-o-war between the Pharoah and Moses. You remember that the people of Israel had been enslaved in Egypt for centuries and then the Lord sent Moses to deliver them out of that place. Moses was given power by God to perform miraculous signs to convince Pharaoh. But each time Pharaoh would refuse to let the people go. And when he refused, the Lord rained down curses. One such curse was that of frogs. All of the sudden after Pharaoh had again refused to let God’s people go, the Lord brought frogs from out of the Nile river. Now, the Egyptians worshipped frogs. It was against their belief system to kill the frogs or even accidentally step on the frogs. The Lord brought in a tsunami of frogs. They were everywhere. They were in their sheets, in their cereal, all over the floor, everywhere. I am sure they rolled over in bed and found themselves smooching a big, green frog. Pharaoh knew that God would listen to Moses so he called Moses and asked him to get rid of the frogs and Moses said, ‘I’ll even do one better than that. I will get rid of them, but I will let you decide when the frogs will be gone.”
Now, I don’t know what time of the day this conversation took place. The Scripture doesn’t really say, but I am thinking it might have been in the morning. When else will you be most ready to get rid of frogs but after being unable to sleep because they were jumping all over you all night. Anyway, the point is why didn’t Pharaoh say, “Right now. I want them gone right now.” Foolishness!
These are the kinds of decisions that we make all the time and afterwards, we think to ourselves, “What was I thinking?” These kinds of decisions can make our life very difficult. In the moment, we decide to do something stupid with our money, something stupid relationally, something stupid that changes everything. The good news today is that the wisdom of God is available for all of us right now. He has made it available. He has revealed it in His Son, Jesus Christ, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can receive God’s wisdom into our life for long life, peace, prosperity, honor, and riches.
The Bible talks about two different kinds of wisdom. There is the wisdom of man that is compartmentalized as we spoke about yesterday. Then, we have the wisdom of God that is all-encompassing bringing success to your overall life not just certain aspects of it. We need to the know the difference between the two before we can start catching our brain before it make another big, dumb, stupid mistake.
In the Garden of Eden, God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (That’s a very long name for a tree 😊). But that ancient serpent came into the garden and began to speak to Eve. He said, “Did God really say not to eat of this tree? He just knows that this is going to make you like Him knowing good and evil.” Eve fell for it, hook, line, and sinker. She took a bite, then gave some to Adam who took a bite. Then they were kicked out of the garden. But why? Wasn’t Eve simply trying to obtain the very things that God wanted her to have?
Didn’t she want wisdom? Isn’t that a good thing? After all, God praised Solomon for asking for wisdom instead of riches or fame. The devil told her that eating the fruit would make her like God. Isn’t that a good thing to want to be like God? Ok, here’s the deal. She was going after good things, but by disobeying the commandment of the Lord, she was going after these good things without God. She was not loving anyone. Instead she was being selfish. She was believing the lie of the Devil. She was going after good things in a bad way. She was doing it without God, without love, and without truth. And there it is: the wisdom of man.
The wisdom of man works to make decisions with the goal of obtaining good things, but obtaining them without God, without love, and without Truth.
Relationships trying to find love, but foolishly they ignore the Truth and they disobey the Word of God. They may have worldly love just as much as they have the wisdom of man, but worldly love is not more real love than the wisdom of man being true wisdom. Real love is patient, kind, forbearing, keeping no record of past mistakes, always trusting, always hoping. But if a couple treats one another harshly when each one really needs to love the other by being patient, and kind, ready to forgive, not bringing up the past, then they are not really loving each other in that moment. They are trying to do it without God. When there is sex before marriage, it is foolish. The vulnerability of intimacy is rewarded only when accompanied by an unconditional love proven by a commitment to stay til death do us part.
Anytime I make a decision without loving others first or make a decision that ignores the truth of God’s word, that decision will most often end up bad, foolish. And let’s face it, we have enough foolishness in the world already for us to add some of our own. Get wisdom!
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