Daily Archives: October 6, 2018

October 6 – 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

1 Corinthians 1:18-31

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom

18 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. 19 For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise;
    the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
20 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? 21 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. 22 Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

SOAP Note

Foolish Wisdom | Jess Howell

Scripture

1 Corinthians 1:27

Observation

God is wiser than us, as hard as we try to prove otherwise. But He doesn’t require wisdom to be saved. Through His Son Jesus, we have been given a gift – freedom from our sin and the Holy Spirit to give us wisdom.

Application

Today I was reflecting on the things that have happened in my past that I thought were “unfair” – people that treated me poorly and made me feel like I wasn’t smart or good enough. I’ve spent many years grumbling about it, but realized with this verse that God can and has used these very moments to mold me and use me. I don’t have to be “able”, just available.

Prayer

What a week of revelations, God! Even with a super busy and overwhelming week, You found me and opened my eyes to new things. I want to make myself available to You and to others who need to see You through me. Thank You for all You’ve shown me this week and for what else You have in store! Amen

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