1 Corinthians 1:18-25
The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.
Devotion by Chris Shiver
Until age 34 I fought against God and faith as something incompatible with rational thought and scientific evidence. It wasn’t until I realized that Jesus was not so much speaking to my mind as he was to my heart that I understood that God’s wisdom is really all about love. Now I understand that God’s love conquers all things and reveals that our attempts to save ourselves, others, or even our world through logic and rational efforts alone are truly foolish. We must help to bring God’s love into this world and to all persons that we encounter before humanity can become truly wise.
Jesus, I pray that you will remind me every day to share love, not just logic, with those encounter. May my heart be filled with your love, and rule over my mind. Amen.