Today’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18–31
“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18
Mankind has produced many men who were considered wise by this world’s standards. Franklin Delano Roosevelt said, “All we have to fear is fear itself.” John F. Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” Martin Luther King began his speech, “I have a dream…”
Ben Franklin gave us unforgettable words of wisdom: “A stitch in time saves nine,” “A penny saved is a penny earned,” and “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
French philosopher Jean Paul Sartre stated, “To be is to do,” while German philosopher Immanuel Kant proclaimed, “To do is to be.” American singer Frank Sinatra sang simply, “Do be do be do.” Next to God’s wisdom, Sinatra’s jingle is equal foolishness to the others.
One cannot know God through the world’s wisdom and ways. Philosophies cannot change hearts. God saves us through a crucified Savior!
During this season of Lent we focus on the cross of Christ. Reflected there are men’s foolish attempts at wisdom. Proclaimed there is the power of God working in our lives. In the cross is the foolishness and wisdom of God. Foolishness because we can’t understand it; wisdom because it is God’s power to forgive sins and to change the hearts of people.
Prayer: Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies. Heav’n’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee; In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me. (Abide with Me, LSB 878:6).
This devotion was written by Rev. Douglas Woltemath pastor of Saint Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Atkins, IA.