Human wisdom…

….is of short duration and temporal.

Psa 103:15  As for man, his days are like grass; he flourishes like a flower of the field;
Psa 103:16  for the wind passes over it, and it is gone, and its place knows it no more.

I am amazed at how humans can profess to be all knowing and wise, making emphatic universal statements. In the context of time, our existence on earth is nothing more but a flicker, like an ember from the fireplace, a brief flash, and then nothing. Even if one professes to stand on the shoulders of prior human thinkers, it does not amount to anything but the briefest of existence.

Humans do have a concept of the eternal. If that was not the case, then we wouldn’t be able to comprehend the temporal, and the temporality of our existence. For the unbeliever, the eternal is far more abstract, and cannot be rationalized outside of the 16-billion year existence of the universe. That may seem like eternity, but it is surely just a longer flash of existence.

For the Christian, human wisdom is foolish. It is temporary, and is born out of a sinful desire to serve anything but God. Human wisdom leads to relativism, stated as universal absolute. It leads to the endless and empty pursuit of impossible human happiness, with accomplishments more fleeting than human existence.

If human existence is temporal, then why bother existing?

1Co 15:32  What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.”

Indeed, Christians know that the temporal is just that, and that eternity awaits. What then is the purpose of existing? For the glory of God alone.

1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.  

We exist to honor and serve God, who created us. It is only by His grace that we exist in the first place, not due to some cosmic accident. If it was due to that accident, why bother existing? And by what measure do we find our musings trustworthy?

Human wisdom is foolish. Only wisdom that is from God, after His thoughts, spanning eternity, is worthy of wisdom.

May you find your eternal purpose today, and see the hopelessness and foolishness of human wisdom.

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