Thursday July 19, 2018
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”[a]
20 Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
During this period, the Jews were having a hard time understanding that Jesus, the Messiah, could have suffered so horribly on the cross. They couldn’t get past the question, “How could this man save us if he could not save himself?” While the Gentiles thought this was just a foolish act all together. Both groups believed they had life all figured out.
Have you ever felt like you have it all figured out? I know I have. I grew up playing baseball my whole life and thought that would always be the case. I remember playing baseball ever since I could walk in my little diaper. Now you’re picturing me in a diaper, sorry.. It wasn’t until I got to college when I realized, “I do not have this life thing figured out.” I am reminded often that right when I think I have life all together, I don’t.
Maybe this has happened for you. Whether its been in school, a sport, a hobby, a girl/boy, whatever it is you’ve thought, “I got this.” The funny part we learn is that we will never have it all figured out. But guess what? We don’t have to. Jesus took care of this by dying on the Cross for us. Now all He wants us to do is draw near to Him, talk to Him, and love Him.
When we look towards the end of the passage in 1 Corinthians 1, we really begin to see some wisdom from Paul speak into our lives. “… and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” Wow! Paul is revealing to us something huge here. Gods weakest weakness, is stronger than our strongest strength. What a reminder to us all how He is our hope for a truly better life.
“… If we entrust everything to the Father, He will make even the heaviest of crosses feel lighter.” – Father Burke Masters
Do I ask the Lord for wisdom during hard periods in my life?
Do I remind myself of the power of the Cross daily?
Have a great day!