The achievements of man throughout history declare the powerful intelligence given by the Creator for man to have dominion over all the world. Egypt constructed pyramids that stand after thousands of years and the marvels of mummification still intrigue scientist today. Rome built a nation on the technological advances of its day that would revival any civilization throughout history. China raised a wall of stone, brick, earth and wood almost four thousand miles long that can be seen from space. July 21, 1969 Neil Armstrong walked on the surface of the moon – a scientific milestone showing the mastery of man’s wisdom. The last 45 years have seen an explosion of wonders changing the lives of every person on the planet.
Wars have been fought continually since the beginning of time. The modern warfare is fought with the advancements of man’s wisdom that can destroy whole cities with a single weapon, launch missiles from hundreds of miles away, rain “shock and awe” on a nation and bring fear to all who stand against the might of a powerful nation. The might of man is explosive, powerful, deadly and dreadful.
The American dream is filled with the promise of riches, wealth and the good life. Large homes, new cars and boats, fashionable clothes, tech gadgets that entertain the family, televisions the size of sofa’s and a lottery in forty-four states that make gambling socially acceptable. Athletes are paid millions of dollars to play a sport, Hollywood churns out sewer infested filth bringing in trillions of dollars, executives loot retirement funds to support their degraded view of the common man and the almighty dollar is worshipped in nearly every home as the god of happiness.
“Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:23-24). If all the wisdom of man and the might of man would be secured in the vault with all the riches of man the final sum would not be an atom’s atom closer to the magnificence of the Almighty Jehovah – nothing man can do would ever be worthy of consideration before God. The only thing that matters in this life is to understand there is a God and man is not Him. To know the Lord is to have a deep reverence for the nature of He who is called Jealous (Exodus 34:14). Man must recognize that God is Lord and Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords (Revelation 19:16). The character of a loving Father is steadfast love, a just hand and a law that is right in the purest form.
The wisdom of man and his might and all his riches is nothing before the Lord. “Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing” (Isaiah 40:15). Solomon concluded that man’s all is to “Fear God and keep His commandments” (Ecclesiastes 12:13) and all the wisdom of man and his mighty power and his wealth will not save him. Our challenge is to look in the mirror of our life and see how far we have trusted our own wisdom and might and riches. Do we need the wisdom found in the word of God? How often do we trust the Lord to make our decisions for us or are we despots who rely upon our own might. The power of money may drive more of our life than we realize – look at the bank account and see how much glorifies God. Man is a funny creature. He is the only one who fails to realize where his blessings come from (Isaiah 1:3). Our wisdom should come from above (James 3:17-18), our might from God (2 Timothy 1:7) and our riches from His grace (Ephesians 1:3).