Daily Archives: October 7, 2018
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 2:1-16
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit
6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. 7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
More Than Enough | Marianne Toovey
1 Corinthians 2:3-4
My Bible notes explain that human weakness is no barrier to God’s work (just ask Moses, Gideon, and David to name a few!). The real power is not in charismatic preaching, finesse of presentation, or logical persuasiveness, but in the message itself, centered on Jesus and his death for our sins, and in the power of the Holy Spirit who convicts the human heart.
Our fast paced society is always chasing the newest, biggest thing. It’s a short term satisfaction because eventually that newest, biggest thing becomes old and small. It’s time to move on. But God doesn’t work that way. He sends His Son to earth to be born in a barn to poor parents. He calls the weakling, the nobody, to win His victories here on earth. I don’t have to be important in society to do important work for God. I don’t have to be eloquent or flashy to share His Good News. He is enough as is. No flashing lights necessary. And God’s work is the only work in all creation that can truly satisfy.
God, thank You for using me as I am. Thank You for being all I need, and making me great just by choosing me. I pray that You change hearts today so they stop seeking the newest and biggest thing and start seeking You instead. Start in my home with me and my family. In my church, in this group, in the community. Everywhere. Until we’re all satisfied with “just” You, because You’re more than enough. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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