February 3

1 Corinthians 2:6-12

“Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.” vss.6-7

Even though Paul did not use lofty terms and eloquent language in talking with the Corinthians, he was a learned man and nobody’s fool. But he wasn’t interested in the trendy religious candy that was rolling through Corinth to attract and distract believers. He believed that his message was an ancient wisdom, secret and hidden, and that it came directly from God through the Holy Spirit. It’s hard for us to put our heads around that kind of language and most people seem more interested in the psychobabble that dominates the religious scene in our day. Instead of digging deep and probing the mysteries of God, our tendency is to align ourselves with the Church of What’s Happening Now and add a little bit of Jesus talk to trending sociological or political movements. When it comes to swimming in religious waters there’s no doubt that most folks prefer the shallow end. Paul had learned at the feet of the most learned rabbis in Israel–in our day some don’t even care if their leaders are biblically literate, as long as they can draw a crowd on Sunday morning. The good news is that the secret wisdom of God will not go away and when the Spirit gives insight, transformation is sure to follow.

Thought for the Day: What is the hidden wisdom of God?

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