The scripture for today is 1 Corinthians 1: 21 – 25, NIV.
“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. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
There is a lesson in these verses for me. I am working to discern Godly wisdom, which I can ask for and receive, from the “wisdom” I fear I sometimes believe I personally possess. In James 1:5 we are told we can ask God for wisdom and He will provide it. James, in 3:7, gives us a litmus test as he tells us that wisdom from God is “first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere.”
Our scripture today reminds us that any earthly wisdom we might attain pales in comparison with the wisdom possessed by our all-powerful Creator. I deeply value Godly wisdom. Even with prayer, I fear that my human mind can only comprehend a limited amount of that. Knowing that I will never be able to possess all the wisdom I desire while on this planet, I am inclined to use today’s verse as a call to refocus my efforts on other aspects of Godliness. I’ll close with a quote from Olivia Davis, content specialist at RZIM. It’s from an article entitled “Not Good Enough.” I think she sums up what I am trying to say. “I lay down my thought about myself. And I sit at the feet of Jesus, in the only position that I will ever be in that will ever matter: God’s child. Where I am too pre-occupied to question my value or my worthiness or to measure myself by wrong and worldly standards. Where I can rest, finally, from the striving, and know that I am His and that He is ever enough.”
Prayer for today, (paraphrased from the hymn, “God of Grace and God of Glory,” by Harry Emerson Fosdick): Dear God, grant us wisdom, grant us courage, for the facing of this hour, and for the living of these days.
Prayer Concern: that we would prioritize spending time with our Heavenly Father over expending our efforts on our earthly goals.