The world through its wisdom did not know him. (1 Cor. 1:21)

THERE IS AN OLD SAYING that when the scientists finally reach the summit of the mountain of truth they will find the theologians, having already been there for centuries. There may be an element of truth to this picture, but what can be misleading is that while seekers search, it is God who reveals. While we may be tempted to feel a sense of pride in our status as ascenders of the mountain of truth, as if it were something we attained through our own effort and wisdom, Paul reminded us that truth comes through revelation, not through human wisdom.

Seek as we may and as we should, but if not for God’s active role in revealing truth to humankind, we are all, theologian and scientist alike, searching in the darkness. It is as the psalmist said: “He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him” (Ps. 18:11). We don’t even know where to find the mountain, let alone how to scale it! And though our darkened little minds are no match for God’s wisdom, thankfully He had a better plan, and “was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe” (v. 21). The apostle John added, “To those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God” (John 1:12). Whether to a seeking theologian or scientist, it is God who reveals.

Thank Him today for revealing His truth to you.

Bill Beck loves spending time in the outdoors hiking, camping, and enjoying God’s creation. He and his wife, Lisa, live in South Dakota.