Verse: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
For the message of 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; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 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 the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
Corinthians is Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth. He starts the letter by warning against division within the church. In these verses, he highlights the cultural chasm between Jews and Gentiles in their time. Paul is reminding the church that Christ died for both Jews and Gentiles, He has the power to save both. In light of the Gospel, this division of culture can be bridged through Christ. Christ possesses the wisdom of God and that wisdom is so abundantly more than we could ever fathom. He sees the larger picture and reminds us there is no worldly reason to be divided when we keep our eyes on the cross.
Thinking about this context- does it make you think about anything in our culture today? I can think of a million ways the church is divided. A million ways we search for signs or wisdom. A million ways we try to be in control and live by our own “wisdom”. What a great reminder that His ways are higher than my ways. His thoughts higher than my thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9) I love the last verse in this passage. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. I don’t need to understand it all earth side. I don’t need to have the answers. I don’t need to bridge divides or to unify anyone. Christ alone is enough. Today, my friend, I hope you find freedom in that. Sit in the freedom of the realization that Christ alone has been, and will always be enough- no matter what is happening in our world.
Jesus, help me just to have a moment of quiet. Help clear my head to just be still in your freedom and goodness. Allow me to just be filled with the Holy Spirit as I reflect on Your goodness, wisdom, and freedom. Thank you for always being enough. Thank you for calling me and using me. Bring peace to my heart in this moment with the reminder that you are enough and I am not alone. Please fill me with this peace and fullness as I step into the day and opportunities you’ve set before me. Amen
Author: Becca Artymenko