Monday, March 16, 2009

The Folly of Youth

Again, I'm linking to something Tim Challies wrote on his blog on the topic of wisdom and old age. Tim notes that we often praise ministries that draw large numbers of young people, and yet, the Bible praises the wisdom of the mature, older man and regards the ways of youth as folly. It brought to mind the words of Paul from 1 Corinthians 13:11-12:
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
Though still full of too many youthful follies, I find the grace and mercy of God are sufficient to slowly teach me wisdom. Though I know not in full, I look ahead with hope to the day when I will know in full:
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. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

- 1 Corinthians 1:22-31

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