I'd Rather Be A Fool
In the classic movie Miracle on 34th Street, Santa Claus utters what much of the world thinks faith is: “Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to.” In other words, faith is irrational, contrary to experience, logic, and knowledge, and is so even at the most common sense level.
Of course, the Bible knows of no “common sense” that is not sensible enough to recognize that God exists and can do anything.481
Two Different Vantage Points V18-19
As he often did, Paul illustrated his point by an example of Israel who, following humanly wise counsel, formed an alliance with Egypt as a defense against Assyria, when in fact only the miraculous intervention of God was able to save them (cf. Isa. 29:14; 2 Kings 18:17–19:37).
God’s Actions Towards Worldly Wisdom V20-21
God’s Worst V Our Best V22-25
Two Different Vantage Points Today
God’s Actions Towards Worldly Wisdom
God’s Lowly Instruments V26-29
Proper Placement of Trust V30-31
God’s Lowly Instruments Today
Proper Placement of Trust Today
At a circus a huge elephant was tied to an eighteen-inch stake. Could he not easily have pulled it out of the ground and be free? Sure! But he had tried it when he was a baby and was unsuccessful. The elephant had concluded that he could never pull it out of the ground. So there he stood, a massive creature capable of lifting whole trees, yet held captive by a puny stake.
What small stake could faith release you from?459