By Katelyn S. Bolds, Staff Member
This devotion is part of our series on Lent. Read the rest of the series here.
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV)
Are you brains or brawn? Do you consider yourself smart or strong? This passage suggests that we shouldn’t think of ourselves as either, at least compared to God.
As humans, the actions of God can seem foolish and strange at times. But God is all-knowing and all-powerful, whether we understand his plans or not. For his plans accomplish more than the schemes made by human wisdom. And in the weakest place, even death, God causes revolution and redemption over evil.
When we question God’s plans, we deem ourselves wiser than him. But if we believe what he has said to be truth, then we must know that his feeblest attempt would put us to shame. Our God is not a fool and our God is not weak. Rather, he puts our earthly wisdom on its head and has chosen the foolish and weak things of this world to confound the wisest and the mightiest. Remember most of the disciples, as Bishop Newton observed, “were chiefly a few poor fishermen, of low parentage…” chosen to preach the Gospel and confound “the pride of the rulers, the malice of the Jews, the learning of the Greeks, and the power of Rome.”
Prayer: Dear God, give me your wisdom that I might learn to judge not by the ways of this world, but by your ways. Show me how my unextraordinary life can be used by you. Amen.