"For he message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent" - 1 Cor 1:18-19 (NIV).
Everyone of us wants to be known as intelligent but what if that becomes a problem! One area is where based on our intelligence we think we have figured it out all, as far as creation and God is concerned, and then we go further to persuade those we find of our understanding of creation, as intelligent people.
One of the worst mistake any intelligent person may trap himself in is to imagine that his intellect has the power to understand all things. For instance, when it comes to the universe and it's creation the truth is our intellect is limited to totally comprehend everything. Even for those who take to Big Bhang theory, which argues that 1.3 billion years ago there was a collision of moving gases sparking off the universe, they can't figure out what existed before. But then they just can't humble themselves to acknowledge that their logic can't provide all answers.
Our intellect can become a point of pride with us more concerned with defending our position. The things of God tend to be foolish to the intelligent people because they think they must logically figure out everything. There are certain things which God has left to Himself and however much we scratch ourselves we will not get anywhere close, till He wills. This is where faith helps us!
When our intellect fails to recognise that our knowledge can be limited, it then leads to scoffing. But to the wise having acknowledged their limitation the word of God has an answer. "Does a clay pot dare argue with its maker, a pot that is like all the others?...The Lord, the holy God of Israel, the one who shapes the future, says: I am the one who made the earth and created human beings to live there. By my power I stretched out the heavens; I control the sun, the moon, and the stars"! (Isaiah 45: 9- 12).
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, humility is the key to knowing you and today I humble myself and accept my inadequacy that you may fill me more with the truth of who you are, this I pray in Jesus name.
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“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”- (Philippians 4:6).
Perhaps you have heard of a certain old magical trade known as mind reading. According to this trade which has been around for millenniums and has its share of tricksters, mind readers are able to discern thought patterns of individuals before they even utter a word. There are places in the world where this, as expected, is a lucrative occupation, with practitioners, often crafty magicians, demanding hefty fees, just to tell thoughts of others.
As Christians, of course, we have an all knowing God, who has said, “Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him” ( Mathew 6:8). Further, our Lord has pointed out, “And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words” ( Mathew 6:7). As Christians when we come to God, we do so with full confidence, that He already knows our needs and will meet them according to his glorious riches in heaven.
Of particular interest for us here is that while God perfectly knows our needs before we even dare utter a single word, still it is incumbent upon us to make our requests known to Him. A parent may have long noticed a child has a need for a new pair of shoes; but it is another dimension, when the child does come out and share aloud that his pair is worn out, hurting and is quite in need of a new one. The parent takes notice, especially when the matter is presented with such conviction and urgency. This is why Hannah cried out to God for a child ( 1 Samuel 1:9-18).
In our relationship with God, as the Apostle Paul advises us, it is not just enough to assume and let matters be, that after all God knows all our needs, but we too bear a responsibility to make our requests known to Him. Once we are done with that, we let God do His part, allowing “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” ( Philippians 4:7) to flood us.
So, today, do not hold back your needs from the Almighty God. He has paved the way to walk to Him through His son Jesus Christ, to present your case, bear out your heart’s desire, and let Him do His part!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise to make my requests known to you, knowing you have heard me even before I utter a single word, assured that you will meet each and every one of my needs, according to your glorious riches in heaven!