There is no one within the College who says they don’t need God. No one who will say that God is irrelevant, insignificant or unimportant. No, it is rather that the opposite is true. We acknowledge God, love Him and seek our security and life’s direction in Him. It is the fool who says, “there is no God.”
The Bible repeatedly speaks about foolishness and wisdom. Given that the Bible is written for God’s people, foolishness is not generally written in the context of philosophical atheism. It is more often pointed to the foolishness that exists inside our own hearts. And at bottom, this foolishness is a denial of God.
Now this sounds pretty harsh! I don’t deny God, I truly love Him! However, foolish living is living as if I don’t need God. I don’t need His wisdom, His power, His presence and His grace. I push Him aside from central position in my life and insert myself there instead. My actions are about me, about my wants, my feelings, my plans.
In the context of students at school, this is easy to illustrate. Matters of obedience, respect, work focus, love for peers and the like are often discussed. And, if as a student, my actions are not aligned to God’s will, I have pushed God from central place. This also is foolishness.
This kind of living will never lead to a life of peace, joy, satisfaction and hope. That can only be found when we seek after wisdom:
When you walk, your steps will not be hindered,
And when you run, you will not stumble.
Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go;
Keep her, for she is your life. (Proverbs 4:12,13)
As we commence a new term of schooling, let it be our prayer that the instruction given, as well as the way it is received, may contribute to our students seeking after wisdom.