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Ever notice signs or other messages that seem nonsensical? Some, like the title of the post are printed on forms so you know that all pages/text are present and not missing. Some, like the sign (behind the main building of my university ) on the left, seem to indicate someone just wasn’t paying attention to their work.

Many things in life have the appearance of wisdom but are foolish and many things have the appearance of foolishness yet do have significance.

All too often we take things about the world that seem nonsensical and assume that God screwed up or take it as evidence that He doesn’t exist. History has repeatedly shown that these assumptions have been proven false. Seeing this with my own eyes has led me to try to look for the hidden explanation or rationale in most areas of my life rather than just assume the worst. I try to ask “why?” rather than dismiss it with a “how stupid!” I will admit that it is easier to keep this habit with things of God than it is with things of people. Something to do with each party’s long term track record…

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
    "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
   and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart."
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.”
I Corinthians 1:18-29


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