Thursday, March 15, 2012

Journey to the Cross - Day 20

Lent Day 20 - Thursday, March 15
1 Cor 1:18-19    "Foolishness"
"For the message about Christ's death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God's power.  The scripture says, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and set aside the understanding of the scholars."  (TEV)
     We live in an age of rapidly expanding knowledge, multiplying so fast it is beyond human capacity to understand.  God operates in that same world - beyond our ability to comprehend.  God works through the weak and the powerless, so there can be NO DOUBT that it is only through God, his power, that the work is done.  God works through those we consider "fools" - it's how Christ was regarded.  
     This was also the text for last Sunday's sermon, coupled with Psalm 19.  I didn't quite understand how it fit in on Sunday.  But perhaps we consider the wonder of God, the proclamations of the heavens and nature, to be unworthy of "conventional wisdom" or that of the "scholars".  We can't begin to understand the magnitude of the nature of God.  Is it foolishness to think God might speak to us through a butterfly, through a sunrise or sunset, or the glory of a night sky?  I think not.  Let us set aside our understanding and operate from God's wisdom.  Let us regard it a compliment is someone were to tell us, "You are a fool for Christ!"

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