For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
A renowned theologian, Frederic Lois Godet wrote this statement; verse 21 contains a whole philosophy of history, the substance of entire volumes. We should not hurry over it quickly but ponder its tremendous truths deeply.
Have you ever told your child not to do something, but they persisted, so you grit your teeth and sit back and let them do it, knowing that it would fail? Years ago, I was helping my Uncle Grover in his shop. I was probably around 11 or 12 years of age. We were taking a piece of glass out of a windowpane for future use. Being very impatient, I told Uncle Grover we could do it this way, and it would be faster, he said to me that that would not work because the glass would break, but I persisted. Finally tired of my persistence, he told me to go ahead and stood up and walked towards the door; before he made it to the door, I had broken the glass. He just looked at me and walked outside, out of sight.
I have never forgotten that life lesson. It reminds me of Adam & Eve, God walked with them daily in the garden, failing to listen to His wisdom and advice they sinned, and it was like God stepped out the door out of sight.
God is looking at us through one-way glass, He can see us, but we can’t see Him. In His infinite wisdom, He chose the foolishness of preaching to reveal who He is. My Uncle Grover forgave me because I had a previous relationship with my Uncle, I was able to have it restored. It’s the same way with God.
We fail, we repent, and unfortunately, we repeat the process. Even if you have never accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and you feel as though you don’t have a relationship with God, He has a relationship with you. He created you, He loves you, even if you’re breaking His glass, He’s watching and waiting for you to understand that you can’t succeed without His knowledge.
He is: El Roi
The God Who Sees Me
*Believer’s Bible Commentary KJV Mark 21