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1 Corinthians 1:25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (NIV11)

God, even at his hypothetical simplest level of thinking, is smarter than Albert Einstein at his peak. This is important to understand when it comes to our pursuit of advice.

When I was a teacher, I had one student who at face value appeared intellectually normal. However, on tests she performed atrociously. If I gave the answer to a test question immediately before the test, she would still miss it. Sometimes she guaranteed the incorrectness of her answers on multiple choice test by marking several of the options. She even left some questions blank rather than guessing. Sadly, she often scored just slightly higher than what would be expected if a person had randomly guessed on every question.

One day I caught one of my students cheating, and he was copying answers from THAT GIRL. Who would do that? Kids tend to know who does well and who doesn t. Why would anyone copy from the worst of all of my students?

Think about the problems that we often face: strife, discouragement, parenting, marriage, decision making, etc. Where do we search for answers to these age-old struggles? Magazines? Books? Articles on the web? What we need to understand is that in comparison to God, the magazine editors are THAT GIRL. The authors are THAT GIRL. Even the people with degrees and accolades are THAT GIRL.

If you want to learn how to do things like make an iphone stand out of a Kleenex box, look on YouTube. However, if you want help with the struggles of human life, look first in God s Word. Human wisdom is worth seeking out and weighing, but God s wisdom is superior and trustworthy.


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