I CORINTHIANS1:18 "For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men."


Both to the Greek and to the Jew Christianity sounded like foolishness. To the Jews, the message of Christ was a stumbling block. They could not believe that someone who died on the cross could possibly be the Son of God. To them, "He that is hanged is accursed by God." (Deuteronomy 21:23) This seemed to prove to them that Jesus could not be the Son of God. The Jews were looking for a sign and Christ showed them no sign. He did not part the waters or cause the walls of Jerusalem to fall down. He wanted them to believe with their hearts and not with their minds.

To the Greeks, the message of Christ was foolishness. They could not believe that someone who suffered pain and agony on the cross could possibly be the Son of God. The Greeks did not believe that God had feelings. They reasoned that if God could feel then He could be influenced by people or circumstances and that would make Him weak. To them, God was lofty, detatched from human involvement. The Greeks sought after wisdom. If something could not be explained or reasoned out then it was foolishness. The Jews were saying, "Prove your message with a miracle and the Greeks were saying, "Your message cannot be proven because it is not reasonable!"

There are many today who are still trying to prove Christianity and make it reasonable but it is an impossible task because "The foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men." God has not called the wise, mighty or noble man but has "chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise" and "the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty."

There are many foolish people today who try to explain why something happened the way it did (cause and effect) and others who try to figure out what will happen next, but does it really matter? Why do we spend so much needless time trying to second guess God? The truly wise person will accept Christ for who He is, believe that what happened yesterday was just meant to be and what's going to happen tomorrow will be for our own good. God is not human but He does get involved in our lives. While we may not understand why things happen the way they do, He knows. His ways cannot be reasoned or explained by human minds. He doesn't have to prove Himself for He is God! So stop worrying about why things are as they are, about what happened last week or what is going to happen next week. Just believe God is in charge and do the best you can today.

When things seemed to be going wrong my Grandmother used to say, "It'll all come out in the wash." I guess that's a pretty good philosophy to live by!


Matthew 2
"1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, 2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. 3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. 5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also. 9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way."


The truly wise hearted are seeking the Savior and when they find him they will fall down and worship him!



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