God provides His grace in unexpected ways

The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 1 Corinthians 1:18-20

Whether you believe in God or not, no matter what you might believe, you have experienced God’s power in many ways in your own life. But because God provides for us without sending a text, email, or leaving a voicemail telling us so, we don’t often recognize His provision when it comes. If you are a follower of Christ, God displayed His power in your salvation. This is what Paul asserts from our passage. We were not saved because we were able to figure out God. We are saved because God interrupted our blind wanderings, even our resentment toward Him, and draws us to Himself. He works in powerful ways by answering our prayers, providing us direction when we desperately need it, strength when we were in despair and hope when we were downhearted. Our despondence turn into joy because of these blessings and we dare not forget the source of these blessings. A growing Christian is always a grateful Christian, and the more grateful Christian becomes the more observant Christian develops. They have learned how intimately God is involved in their lives. This is where God’s power will be most visible in our lives; when we accept our limitations and weakness. Let us make it a habit to ask God’s power be manifested in our weakness. Remember that He promised to provide us power. Let us trust and depend upon Him and as we see Him work in us, let us give Him the glory. By His grace, may it be that we realize that the life He wanted us to live by is a life of dependence. Right now, we are responding either positively or negatively to the gospel message of the cross. Those who are perishing are perishing because they consider the message of the cross to be foolishness. In their thought pattern, it doesn’t make sense that we can be saved because somebody else died on a cross and was later raised. And that is part of humanities’ problem. We want everything to make good sense. We want to understand it. We want it to be able to fit into our understanding of nature and the way things around us work. “My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). People who are being saved right now are the ones who know that the cross is “the power of God.” They know it because they have experienced forgiveness and change of life.

Blessings,

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