Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18–31
“For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles,” – 1 Corinthians 1:22–23
People trust in things they can see. They look for signs of God’s grace in material possessions. Even Christians consider such things as healings, financial stability, and emotional happiness to be signs of God’s favor. But what happens when these things don’t come to fruition? What happens when they’re taken away or never appear in the first place?
Some people depend on reason and wisdom. Human wisdom, though, hasn’t solved the many problems of society, education, family, finances, and government. It hasn’t brought peace to the world and food to the hungry.
That is why Paul says, “we preach Christ crucified.” This is the one message so desperately needed. When things are tough, when you feel terribly alone, when you find yourself plagued with guilt over things you can’t undo, Jesus on the cross demonstrates that you have a Lord who knows and understands your deepest needs and fills them with redemption. When in doubt about God’s love for you, your real wisdom and strength is Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
I know my faith is founded On Jesus Christ, my God and Lord;
And this my faith confessing, Unmoved I stand on His sure Word.
Our reason cannot fathom The truth of God profound;
Who trusts in human wisdom Relies on shifting ground.
God’s Word is all-sufficient, It makes divinely sure;
And trusting in its wisdom, My faith shall rest secure. (LSB 587:1)
Prayer: Increase my faith, dear Savior, For Satan seeks by night and day To rob me of this treasure And take my hope of bliss away. But, Lord, with You beside me, I shall be undismayed; And led by Your good Spirit, I shall be unafraid. Abide with me, O Savior, A firmer faith bestow; Then I shall bid defiance To ev’ry evil foe. (I Know My Faith Is Founded, LSB 587:2).
This devotion was written by Rev. Douglas Woltemath pastor of Saint Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Atkins, IA.