Wisdom of the world

This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.

Daniel 4:18

Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream, which turned out to be a message from God. Instinctively, the king called for his wise men and magicians.

Being a message from God, the wise men of the world could not interpret the dream. The king called upon Daniel, a man who enjoyed the unprecedented favor of God. Daniel interpreted the dream, leaving Nebuchadnezzer to recognize Daniel’s special connection with God.

Wisdom of the world

Do you think Nebuchadnezzar had access to wise people? Of course he did. He had the wisest men in the kingdom working for him. Still, these men could not interpret the king’s dream.

Wise men of the world can neither understand nor interpret things pertaining to God.

Be careful whom you trust

The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

1 Corinthians 3:19

Lesson: Be careful whose wisdom you trust when you need guidance from the most high God. Wise people of this world will either have no answers for you, or – more likely – they will supply you with misleading advice.

Apostle Paul’s Example

Apostle Paul understood what Nebuchadnezzar learned and what Daniel already knew:

We speak wisdom … yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

1Corinthians 2:6

Apostle Paul distinguishes between the wisdom of God’s servants and the wisdom of the wisest men on earth.

The world’s wisdom comes to nought, but God’s wisdom gives light and life for all who will accept it.

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