The Day’s Scripture
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (CEB)
18 The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are being destroyed. But it is the power of God for those of us who are being saved. 19 It is written in scripture: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will reject the intelligence of the intelligent. 20 Where are the wise? Where are the legal experts? Where are today’s debaters? Hasn’t God made the wisdom of the world foolish? 21 In God’s wisdom, he determined that the world wouldn’t come to know him through its wisdom. Instead, God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of preaching. 22 Jews ask for signs, and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified, which is a scandal to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles. 24 But to those who are called—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s power and God’s wisdom. 25 This is because the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.
God’s ways are higher than your ways. What you think you know, even in your most brilliant moment, even when you are swinging in your wheelhouse, is fleeting compared to God’s wisdom, God’s plans, God’s salvation story for humanity. He rejects the intelligence of the intelligent and discards the wisdom of the wisest.
The way to life is often marked by sign-posts communicating the ridiculous. Siri is at a loss. Alexa is speechless. Cortana is asleep. Bixby’s button is unmapped. Absent the usual navigational tools, the Spirit urges us to follow at the crossroads even without the cheering crowds, the votes of confidence, the affirmation, the pats on the back, the compensation. The barren, abandoned road—devoid of the spirit of the age; absent conventional thinking; unattached to the bottom line of smart economics; unbedded by the power players. Utter foolishness! Completely scandalous! The way to the cross warrants criticism and even persecution. The path to renewal is not for the faint of heart. It is for those who would know sacrifice with Gospel-vision, the long-view, glinting in the eyes. It is for reasons of peace; for Justice; for Mercy; for reconciliation; for advocacy; for the sake of the widow, the orphan, and the immigrant. What inceptions blossom quietly in the gutters, the side-streets, nooks and crannies as the parade marches loudly by in complete ignorance?