Two Different Types of Wisdom
Saint Nikolaj Velimirovic
"For the wisdom of this world
is foolishness in the eyes of God"
(I Corinthians 3:19).
Even this scriptural concept is one great news which Christianity proclaims
to the world. One is the wisdom according to God and from God and the other
is the wisdom according to the world and from the world. Wisdom, according
to God, is from the Holy Spirit. The Apostles were filled with such wisdom
when the Holy Spirit descended upon them. Wisdom, according to the world,
is from the senses and from material and it represents true insanity before
God if it is not seasoned and inspired by the Holy Spirit of God.
All worldly wisdom which is guided only by the physical senses, without
regard for the Holy Spirit, is insanity before God and before God's angels;
for such a wisdom does not perceive either the spirit or the purpose of
this world; rather it knows this world only as ashes from without and ashes
from within; as ashes which the wind of chance piles up and strews at one
moment this way and at another moment that way.
All wisdom of man which is directed only by the senses and by physical
conceptions and fantasies is insanity before God and before angels and
saints of God, for it does not know man as man; that is, as a spiritual
being related to God, rather it knows man only as a body from without and
as a body from within; as a body according to form and as a body according
to essence. It is the same as if a monkey, looking at an iron locomotive,
described it and said, "This is iron on the outside and iron on the inside;
iron which heats it and iron which operates it, iron which gives it
direction and iron which stops it!" Brethren, who is able to be filled with
the wisdom of God except him who, at first, empties himself of the
insanity's of the world? With God's help, each one of us can do this.
However, to our desires and to our efforts, without Faith, God's help goes
to assist us. For God alone is Goodness, Wisdom and Holiness.
O Good Lord, Wise and Holy, fill us with Your Life-creating wisdom.
To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.