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Friday, September 23, 2022

Back in July Shelley and I visited a small antique shop. I noticed this impressive and impeccably-calligraphed diploma from International Correspondence Schools. It asserts that Roland F. Curtis has “satisfactorily completed” a course in “Automobile Running,” including “Gasoline Automobile Engines,” carburetors, electric ignition, bearings and lubrication, tires, and even “troubles and remedies.”

The date? 1912.

Want to see the kind of cars Roland would have worked on? Click here:

https://www.google.com/search?q=ics+automobile+running+course+1912&tbm=isch&ved=2ahUKEwiiw_6ewqf6AhUFIH0KHYdYDdgQ2-cCegQIABAA&oq=ics+automobile+running+course+1912&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzoECCMQJ1CcB1i6EWCAE2gAcAB4AIABVIgB-QKSAQE2mAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWfAAQE&sclient=img&ei=gN4rY6KDLIXA9AOHsbXADQ&authuser=0&bih=567&biw=1120&hl=en

Do you sense where I’m going with this? You probably do. Let’s say that Roland Curtis, clutching his 1912 diploma and radiating an entrepreneurial grin, suddenly showed up for a job interview at the local Toyota dealer. Let’s say they popped the hood on a Tundra for him. I would love to be able to watch his expression. “Where’s the carburetor?” he would whisper. “The radiator? And how on earth am I going to get to the spark plugs, and the pistons?”

And on the way out, he would probably cast a sorrowful final glance at his 110-year-old gold-stickered diploma, and allow it to slip sideways into the nearest trash can. I’m definitely out of my league, he would think.

“For the wisdom of this world,” Paul says, “is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 1 Corinthians 3:18 NKV

Bottom line: God is wiser than I am, and I need to be careful not to try to second-guess Him, no matter what the subject.

For more of what the Bible says about wisdom, click the link just below.

https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/topics/wisdom