Wednesday, March 7
In the passage immediately preceding this one Paul is admonishing the Corinthians to put aside differences and be united in their worship of Christ. I wonder what Paul would think if he saw what is happening in today’s world. He continues in this passage with the message that all they need to do is believe in Christ as their Savior. God’s gift is available to all who receive the message of the cross. However, those who think they have great knowledge or intelligence will find they are no better than anyone else. Human knowledge is miniscule in comparison to God’s wisdom and strength. This makes me think of a prayer I read somewhere that ended, “Please God, walk beside me today and put your hand over my mouth at the appropriate times.” It’s hard to imagine what my world would be like if that really happened.
The lesson I receive from these verses is that I should keep my mouth closed when I am tempted to share all I think I know with others. I just need to remember to believe in our Savior and try to live as a more compassionate person. I think Paul put it very succinctly when he said, “Knowledge puffs up but love builds up.” (1 Corinthians 8:1). After all, it is hard to walk humbly with God** if we think we already know everything. Believe in Christ as Savior God is wisdom far exceeds any knowledge we may think we have. Knowledge puffs up, love builds up. It’s hard to walk humbly with God if we already know everything.
We do not need signs or reason to be loved by God. We only need to believe in Christ and the message of the crucifixion.
*1 Corinthians 8:1
-Submitted by Sally Hunter
One may assume from today’s reading that human potential will not be reached through “self help” books and groups. Only through collaboration with God’s wisdom in a crucified Christ may human potential (foolishness) be attained. How is such wisdom distinct from acquiring knowledge? Can one be both knowledgeable and “foolish?”