The Wisdom of Being Dumb

Michael Beck

“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.” (John 12:46)

Trying to find our way through the confusing, dark maze of this life without Christ is to end up hopelessly lost. It is not only in the big decisions where we could use wisdom; there are a myriad of choices we face that require more than our own understanding. If God is to direct our paths, we cannot lean to our own understanding. We may think we’re smart enough to successfully make our way though life, but God says otherwise: “Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.” (1 Cor. 3:18)

Before Christ enters our life we live in darkness – not just the darkness of sin, but the darkness of ignorance. Our biggest problem was our arrogant belief that we could trust in our own heart to guide us. But, “He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool …” (Prov. 28:26) Scripture describes two types of fools: the scorning fool who thinks he’s smart and despises wisdom; and the simple fool who knows he doesn’t know how to proceed. There is no hope for the scorner; but the simple are in good position to get help, IF they are looking in the right direction.

Jesus is the Wisdom of God. His cry is to the simple. The scorner has no use for Him. Will you let the Light of the world lighten your darkness? Will you let the Good Shepherd guide you into paths of righteousness? Or will you die, holding fast to the proud delusion you are wise without the wisdom of God informing your decisions? “… Fools die for want of wisdom.” (Prov. 10:21)

Don’t be too smart for your own good. The Light of the World has come. Let Him be the light of your world.

“For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness.” (2 Samuel 22:29)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.