The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense.
This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. It’s written,
I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head, I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
While Jews clamor for miraculous demonstrations and Greeks go in for philosophical wisdom, we go right on proclaiming Christ, the Crucified. Jews treat this like an anti-miracle—and Greeks pass it off as absurd. But to us who are personally called by God himself—both Jews and Greeks—Christ is God’s ultimate miracle and wisdom all wrapped up in one. Human wisdom is so tiny, so impotent, next to the seeming absurdity of God. Human strength can’t begin to compete with God’s “weakness.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (MSG)
The handle on my can opener broke. It is an inexpensive can opener. The blade is still sharp, but with the broken handle, I’m unable to get the proper leverage to make it work. Since I deemed the can opener still useable, I was going to conquer this utensil.
Glue was my first option. I dug through my craft drawer looking for the appropriate type of glue to adhere the plastic handle onto the metal piece. I had to wait for the glue to dry; this made the fix not practical. Duct tape; that stuff will fix anything, right? My thought was duct tape would support the bond until the glue dried and I would be able to use the can opener in the meantime.
The duct tape didn’t provide enough support AND it didn’t allow the glue to dry, so I was back to a square one; except, now I had a sticky, broken can opener.
I put a lot of effort and time into a project that, in the end, was not worthy of the effort or time. The can opener was broken; end of story. It was time for a new one.
The world you live in is broken. Your ancestor, Adam, when given the choice, chose the path that led to destruction. Many have tried to “glue” and “duct tape” the world you live in back together. Although the efforts to make this world a better place are worth the effort, only the proper “glue” and “duct tape” will bring about the desired end.
The lie of the enemy is the lie that will keep you bound up trying all sorts of “fixes” for your life so that you don’t consider the obvious fix. The lie takes many forms, it’s so ingrained in the psyche of humanity, it’s rarely challenged. The lie is foolish wisdom since the end is always just beyond reach. The goal is never attainable. Have your fallen for any of these lies?
- Keep working hard and you’ll get your desired outcome (money, fame, comfort).
- Get more money. There is some dollar amount that will make you secure.
- Find that right friend, relationship or partner. Without him/her, you’ll never be complete.
- If God was truly concerned with you, He’d give you some sign so you’d know what to do.
Christianity does sound nutty on the surface. I admit, as does the apostle Paul, believing in God to meet your needs, believing in Christ’s blood to take away your sin and make you righteous, trusting an “unseen” entity to rule your life does sound like poppycock. That is, until you experience it.
If you try to figure God out with only your intellect, you will come up short every time. The things of God don’t make “sense”. The Bible admits that. How is that for honesty and transparency? The things that seem to make sense are ultimately foolishness and the things that seem foolish are actually wise at closer inspection.
How wise is it to pour all your energy into activities that never cease, that never fulfill the longing in your soul, that provide only risky, deteriorating things that can’t be trusted or that never culminate in the outcome promised? That is foolishness, my friend. If you have balked at trusting God, try it. Stop trying to fix the worthless “gadget” that is this earthly life and give into the ultimate solution: it’s time for something new.
God’s goofy sounding promise is; rest for your weary soul, forgiveness, a new focus on the eternal things that don’t perish, a relationship you can trust and rely on, power to face the difficulties of life because you aren’t facing them in your own strength, peace and assurance that you are not alone and a satisfaction that is deep a full.
If you insist on tinkering with your broken life, God will allow it. You can continue on frustrated, stunted, annoyed and powerless. The other option is, do something “foolish” and give in to the Creator of all things. The One who can cause you to truly accomplish His purpose in your life. The One who can set you on a path of strength and wholeness.
By the way; my new can opener is GREAT!
Father, help me put down my foolish projects. Turn my heart toward Your “silliness” which is really wisdom and truth. Guide me in Your path. Forgive my pride.