Devotion - September 7, 2019

1 Corinthians 1:18-23

Christ the Power and Wisdom of God

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,

‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,    and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles,

Devotion by Julia Shiver

At first reading of this passage, I bristled. I’m not one of those people who thinks that their brains should go out the window, just because Christ has come into their heart! I like my God-given wisdom and discernment, thank you very much.

I settled down some after some reflection, prayer, and some words of wisdom from my husband (who tends to be more laid-back about these kinds of things.) Those of us on the Pastor Search Committee have talked often about using our God-given gifts of wisdom and discernment as we read candidate profiles, and especially during the interviews, whether on the phone, on video conference, or in person.

But we also talk a lot about the ultimate wisdom and discernment which comes from God. We aren’t making decisions based on our own personal desires, prejudices, needs, expectations, or understandings. At least, we try not to! We keep going back to all the surveys, the group conversations, the profile of who we think we are and who we strive to be. And then we pray for God’s wisdom and discernment to be made known to us. Please be in prayer for your search committee as we seek to reveal God’s will for Pilgrimage.


Loving Creator, thank you for walking with us during this time of transition. I pray that your will be made known to us as seek to serve you and our church family. Amen.

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