“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 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.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (taken from The Jerusalem Bible, copyright 1966.)
How is it going for you in your Lenten discipline? When we finish this week, we’ll be halfway through Lent. What have you learned? What have you been prompted to develop in yourself? Are you finding it more difficult this week to keep up with reading the scriptures and doing good works?
Here is some Good News to encourage you!
As Paul writes in verse 18: “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.” We believe salvation is not “one and done.” We believe when we wake up to our need for Christ, which some call the moment of salvation, it is only the beginning of our journey to salvation. We are daily being saved, walking with Christ, increasing our faith, and becoming more like Him.
However, we cannot do it alone, by our own power, our own wisdom, or faith in ourselves. He writes in verse 25: “For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” We need God’s strength and God’s wisdom on our journey to salvation. Psalm 105:4 says: “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” (NKJV) and James 1:5: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (NKJV)
We cannot do anything in our own strength. We cannot overcome the things about ourselves that we do not like or we know God does not like without His strength and wisdom. And we cannot add disciplines to our life without help from God. First, we must make sure God is the one who has told us to change and it is not simply condemnation from Satan, and then second, we must depend on Him to help us repent and begin to walk in freedom.
Here is the good news: He loves us and wants us to be restored to Him and He will help us get there!
These thoughts come from the scriptures in our Lenten discipline, Be Made New. You can still join in! Click the download button to download the PDF and read this post to find out how to participate.