Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” vs. 20

1 Corinthians 1:18-21

Each day we see reports about the heart-breaking loss of innocent lives in a seemingly endless cycle of wars and revolutions. There seems to be no end to our capacity to inflict suffering on one another, and most distressingly, there seems to be no end in sight. Recalcitrant powerful people are unwilling to yield in any way to their perceived enemies. Of course all this has happened before. In the last century tens of millions of people died in our world wars, one of which was said to be “the war to end all wars.” Since all are created in the image of God, and gifted with the ability to engage in rational thought, it might seem reasonable to expect that after all these centuries of blood-shed and mayhem, someone might have come up with a way to stop the fighting. Maybe Paul is right, and the so-called wisdom of the world is nothing but foolishness and pointless chatter. It certainly would seem that way. Paul believed that the salvation of humanity is tied to the message of the cross, the good news that selfless sacrifice is the answer to the problem of sin. He pointed to Jesus and said, “This is the way,” and the wise people of his age called him foolish. But maybe the real foolishness is to keep on doing the same things while hoping for different results!

Thought for the Day: What is an alternative to war?


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