Man’s Amazing Wisdom and Its Pitfalls

A Vivid Boyhood Memory

That night, fifty years ago today, is the only time I can remember from my childhood in which I wanted to go to bed and yet I was kept awake. I was told, “This is something that you will tell your children and grandchildren.” (That is a hard concept for a small boy.)

Two Men Who Changed History

Yet my parents and grandparents were right. Fifty years ago, on July 20, 1969, the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed on the moon on at 20:17 UTC. Six hours and thirty-nine minutes later, on July 21 at 02:56 UTC, Commander Neil Armstrong became the first person to step onto the lunar surface. Lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin joined him nineteen minutes later. It was a “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

It amazes me that man has the intelligence to safely send a man to the moon and then to bring him back to earth!

Man’s Inadequacy in Solving Simpler Challenges

While I am amazed at man’s brilliance, I am also stunned at our inability to solve more basic problems. Job 28:1-11 marvels at man’s skills in bringing the most precious metals up from the earth. But inexplicably wisdom is elusive to people (Job 28:12,20).

We can send people to the moon but we cannot (as a whole) find true meaning and purpose in life. Have crime, evil, and violence disappeared since that blessed achievement fifty years ago?

The Source of True Wisdom

Real wisdom begins with fearing the LORD (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; Job 28:28). Real wisdom is embodied in Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:24; Colossians 2:3). Real wisdom will only be found as we seek the LORD.

–Tommy Peeler