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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
[He chose things despised by the world.]
1 Corinthians 1:18-31 – I know very well how foolish the message of the cross sounds to those who are on the road to destruction. But we who are being saved recognize this message as the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas.”
So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe. God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own 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 mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God. He made us pure and holy, and he gave himself to purchase our freedom. As the Scriptures say, “the person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.”
Quoted verse: Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 1:31 (NRSV)
“Story” – Jodi Harris (California, USA) titled her story “REDEEMING LOVE;” here is a portion of Jodi’s story:
“In 2003, I was hospitalized for depression. My image as a pastor’s wife who had it all together was shattered. I spent two weeks alongside drug addicts, schizophrenics, and alcoholics. By society’s standards, we were failures and outcasts: weak, broken, and ashamed.
“As we each shared our stories, I watched the others give comfort and encouragement. They offered kind words, a touch, or silent acceptance of ‘you’re not alone’ and ‘me too.’ No one gave advice; no one condemned. No one judged or acted better than anyone else. . . .
“Romans 3:23-24 tells us that no distinctions exist among us since all ‘fall short of the glory of God . . . [but] are now justified by [God’s] grace as a gift.’
“In today’s reading, Paul reminded the Corinthian church that value does not lie in worldly wisdom, wealth, or power; rather, it is our identity in Christ. In our weaknesses, Christ unites us and gives us his wisdom, wealth, and power.
“I no longer need to depend on my image as a pastor’s wife for acceptance. Instead, in my brokenness, I reveal Christ and will boast in him.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God loves and accepts me as I am.
Prayer: Redeeming God, forgive us for wanting to look good before others. Remind us that it’s only in you that we are made whole. Amen.
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