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This week’s topic: The Wisdom Of God

A few years ago, before I knew better, I got into an argument with someone over something that they’d taught publicly in a church setting.  In the height of their exhortation and teaching, they exclaimed, “you got to go through it yourself to learn it!”  Whew!  While everyone else was “Amen”-ing and clapping, I sat in silence on that one statement.  While there were many, many valid practical things the minister shared that night, that one thing caught my attention and consumed all of my focus for the rest of the weekend.  Is it a reality that the only way that I can learn in life is that I have to experience the test myself?  Can I learn from the mistakes of others?  What about watching someone else fall in a ditch and not repeating that same mistake?  What does the Bible have to say about all of this?  Is life’s best teacher our own experiences?

So, with all of these questions (and more) swirling around in my head, I did the only logical thing to do next.  I opened my Bible software and went on a diligent study to see what God would say about this.

In my study, I came across 1 Corinthians 10: 11-12.  The Message Translation shares, “These are all warning markers—danger!—in our history books, written down so that we don’t repeat their mistakes. Our positions in the story are parallel—they at the beginning, we at the end—and we are just as capable of messing it up as they were. Don’t be so naive and self-confident. You’re not exempt. You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it’s useless. Cultivate God-confidence.”

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