November 19 Petition Mission

“And David said, ‘O Lord, I pray, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness!’” (2 Sam 15:31).

The wisdom of the world does not fare well in Scripture. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Cor 3:19). The noun “sophomore,” used of those who have survived their first year of university, is taken from two Greek words: sophos, meaning “wise” and moros, meaning “foolish.” “A little learning is a dangerous thing,” wrote Alexander Pope.

The problem with human wisdom is its own limitation. Solomon said, “I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow” (Eccl 1:17-18). It shows you the problems but doesn’t give you the answers. Thus, “since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe” (1 Cor 1:21). Lord, turn to foolishness the counsel of men that people may seek the One who is Truth.