Great Plains Daily Devotional for 2/4/19

Today please be in prayer for

Alternate Delegate at General Conference
Kansas City District
Alternate Delegate at General Conference
Wichita West District
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Wichita West District
Jurisdictional Conference Delegate
Blue River District

Today's Lectionary Text

1 Corinthians 2:6-16 

We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hiddenand that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

“What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,

“Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

Today's Devotional

Good Monday morning to my dear friends as we begin this week together. I hope that this humble offering will be a blessing to your life and may it carry you through the day with joy and a blessing of the Holy Spirit.

Paul opens our reading today by drawing on the writings of Isaiah from 64:4 and Isaiah 65:17, where he points to the coming of the Messiah. But before he gets to Isaiah he holds up a secret that God has to share as he writes, “Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glorification.” (RSV)
 
Paul offers a “secret and hidden wisdom” to those mature enough to receive and handle this gift of God’s wisdom.
In verse 8 he states that the rulers of this age are unable to understand the secret wisdom, for they try to deal with it from a human understanding rather than a Godly given understanding. We live in an age of great wisdom, and yet people are unable to understand the secret of God’s wisdom. Why is that one may ask?

“9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him,” (RSV)

This is where Paul draws from Isaiah to open the window to the understanding of the coming Messiah. But the truth is that the Messiah had already come. He has lived among them and they didn’t even understand God, when God was walking and talking with them. The same is true for people today. Not that the Messiah, which we know as Christ Jesus, is here with us in a human body. Rather, he is here in the form of the Spirit.

“10 God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit.” (RSV)

Yes God has made the Christ known to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God’s tool to reach out to us and draw us to the love and grace Christ came to give to all people, if they would only accept it. The Holy Spirit offers to us the most wonderful gift possible, and all we have to do is receive Him to receive it.

If we do not accept God’s gift of the Christ we are of most people to be pitied.
-Pastor D.R. "Buck" Linton-Hendrick
Harvard/Inland/Trumbull 

 

Prayer for Reflection

Lord Jesus, we come to you today seeking more of you in our lives. May your pure joy, grace and peace be with us this new day. In your holy name we pray. Amen.

 

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