1 Corinthians 1:25 Wiser And Stronger

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25

Over the centuries of mankind, there have been some men that have been considered very wise. They were ‘wisest’ enough to have been remembered over time. People look back on what they said and marvel at it and hold on to their sayings.

Very few people hit a level of wisdom in which many around the world even recognize. Some may appear to be wise to a few people around them, but do not have a large following.

Paul tells the people of Corinth that God’s wisdom and strength is greater than any that man can produce.

The wisdom of man is very limited. No man has experienced everything that could possibly be experienced. He has never learned absolutely everything about nearly anything. It only appears to be very wise, because it is often beyond that of those around him.

God is the only being in the universe that has perfect experience and knowledge. He is the only one that can qualify for perfect wisdom in every area of life. Along with having that perfect wisdom, God also made everything, giving Him the greatest strength.

In His perfect wisdom and strength, God made salvation possible for all men. He also sent His Holy Spirit to guide every believer in how to live a holy life for Him.

Instead of looking to books and other people, every believer must be looking to God for wisdom and strength. While books and people can help some, they will fall short in the end. Only God has perfect wisdom.

To most men, God’s wisdom will appear foolish, but it is because God can see the end result clearly, whereas man cannot.

You are in need of wisdom and strength in how to live your life each day for God. Do not short change yourself by looking just to the poor wisdom of man, but look to God’s perfect wisdom.

God is waiting and ready to impart some of His wisdom to you, if you ask for it. Trust that God knows what is best in every situation and do what He says. Trust that God will give you the needed strength to get through each and every situation He allows you to be in.

Remember that His wisdom and strength is greater than that of any person, including you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s wisdom for your life; that you will trust God’s strength; that you will seek God first for every situation; and that God will reveal His wisdom to you.

Acts 13:52 Joy Amidst Persecution

And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:52

When trouble hits a person, most people get depressed or discouraged. During attempts to accomplish something, it is common for a person to run into some roadblocks. Often this discourages the person and he gives up in order to try something different.

Joy is rarely seen in a person in the midst of major problems. Instead of joy one will see anger, frustration, depression, or fear. The focus or desire is often lost or given up.

As the disciples were preaching the gospel, many Jewish leaders were against them and pushed them out. The disciples left the area with joy and with God’s Holy Spirit.

The world does not like to hear the gospel message of Jesus. There are also many ‘believers’ in the church who get offended at hearing the full truth in God’s word. It means that they are wrong and must change. These people will often push out or persecute true believers who are preaching the whole of God’s word.

Just as the world gets depressed and discouraged, many believers will also get depressed and discouraged under persecution. This occurs because people have the wrong focus. Too many believers expect an easy, problem free life as a believer. Jesus actually promised the exact opposite.

Those who are going through trouble and persecution can have joy knowing that they are walking the path God has for them and that God is with them. During persecution, the believer can pick up and move on to the next location to reach others who are willing to listen. They do not need to stay stuck in one place, wallowing in despair of failure.

The joy of God’s salvation and presence gives the believer strength to move on despite all troubles.

As you are a witness for Jesus there will come times of trouble or persecution. Do not allow yourself to be discouraged or to give up. Look to God for your joy and strength.

Remember how much persecution Jesus went through for you. Remember that Jesus promised persecution. But also remember that God has promised you eternal life in the end with no more suffering.

Walk with joy and God’s Holy Spirit moving forward to a new place. Find new places to be a witness. Seek out others who will listen. Do not stop or give up. God is with you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus; that God will fill you with His joy; that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; and that God will give you strength during persecution and troubles.