Friday, February 26, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Faith Expression of the Marginalized
1 Corinthians 1:20-25
  
Rohit George Verghese

St. John’s MTC, UK

20 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?
In 1:20, four rhetorical questions are asked where the philosopher, religious scholar and debater are talked about. They’re considered to be specialists in their fields, however even they wouldn’t be able to create or comprehend the plan of salvation that God has made for us. In our ‘wisdom’ we would have made it much more perplexing and intricate. However, God bestowed a salvation, that is available to everyone, by sending His Son to die for our sins. Moreover, God designed the plan of salvation in a way that the sinful man could not come to recognize Him by human wisdom. Therefore, God planned to save lost sinners through a way that was perceived as nonsense to a ‘wise’ world- the cross. In this, we see the wisdom of God fully exposed. Consequently, in the infinite wisdom of God He has devised a plan without making a concession to His holiness or leaving His righteousness discontented. God’s wrath has been unleashed on man’s sin meanwhile His righteous demands have been met.
On the other hand, God does want us to be curious, to examine and to gather knowledge. We need to understand that our knowledge is limited. But God knows everything that can be known and could be known and He cuts the wise and powerful down to size. God wants us to be smart in preaching His word and helping those who are less fortunate. An example is George Washington Carver, who had a laboratory he titled ‘God’s little workshop’. One day, Carver prayed, “Dear Mr. Creator, please tell me what the universe what made for.” God responded, “Ask for something more in keeping with that little mind of yours.” So Carver tried again. “Dear Mr. Creator, what was man made for?” Again the Lord replied, “You ask too much, cut down the extent of your request and improve your intent.” So once more, “Then Mr. Creator, what was the peanut made for?” That day Carver discovered over 300 uses for the peanut. We are diminutive and imprudent but God is wise and immense, therefore we should not ponder over questions such as ‘what is the life?’ but ‘What can we do for You, Lord?’ as God is pleased with those who believe in His word.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we can’t comprehend Your mightiness but help us to follow Your plan of salvation to be better people of this world. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8