1 Corinthians 1:18-25
For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Food For Thought:
This is one of my dearest friend’s favorite passages of Scripture. She has always loved this verse, and I have come to love it too because of my relationship with her. In this passage of Scripture, the apostle Paul is telling the members of the church at Corinth that the Christian faith may look silly to those who aren’t a part of it but that the inside community knows that the message of the cross is important and is world-changing. Think about your Christian faith and how it may look silly to others. Think about how the faith has changed you and others for the better.
Gracious God, help us as we take up your invitation to prayer and simplicity, that the discipline of these forty days may sharpen our hunger for the feast of your holy friendship, and whet our thirst for the living water you offer through Jesus Christ. In your sacred and precious name we pray, Amen.