Not by my wisdom, not by my strength

1 Corinthians 1:17-25

Christ did not send me to baptise, but to preach the Good News, and not to preach that in the terms of philosophy in which the crucifixion of Christ cannot be expressed.

The language of the cross may be illogical to those who are not on the way to salvation, but those of us who are on the way see it as God’s power to save. As scripture says: I shall destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing all the learning of the learned. Where are the philosophers now? Where are the scribes? Where are any of our thinkers today? Do you see now how God has shown up the foolishness of human wisdom? If it was God’s wisdom that human wisdom should not know God, it was because God wanted to save those who have faith through the foolishness of the message that we preach. And so, while the Jews demand miracles and the Greeks look for wisdom, here are we preaching a crucified Christ; to the Jews an obstacle that they cannot get over, to the pagans madness, but to those who have been called, whether they are Jews or Greeks, a Christ who is the power and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Scripture: The words that spoke to me today are
For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

Observation: Not by my wisdom, not by my strength

Thank goodness is all I can say, for if my happiness, joy, peace, purpose, and life meaning was left to my own inadequate wisdom and strength then I would be doomed. With the benefit of a little age, the experience of a host of mistakes and a bucket of weakness, there is a sign of relief to know that even just a little of Gods strength and foolishness is going to be enough for me to tap in to and thrive. He does not leave us alone to our own devises to work it out and offers all that he has to satisfy the need to understand and get through all that life throws in our way.

Application:

I do not need to work everything out, its just beyond me. This leads to only one place, greater trust and greater surrender. Leave it up to God is what I hear today but do not abrogate my responsibility to make the effort of trusting or seeking his strength. There is a place in my life that confuses me, I just cant work out how to navigate it through my own understanding and I hear to today that I can turn to God for all that I need. I do need to trust that he has it all under control, that he will show me what it is all about when I have the capacity to understand. Maybe by doing this, he will then let in on the plan- surrender before knowledge – trust before wisdom – ask for help before strength? Today I offer my confusion, desire to control and understand to Jesus, this is the place which I so desperately want him to be.

Prayer:

Lord,
I place myself at your disposal, to seek and learn from you
To gather your strength not mine, to be led by you.
The more I know the less I know and may this lead me only to a deeper relationship with you
Your wisdom, your strength is what I seek as I know that mine alone is not enough.
Amen