The Wisdom of the Cross

The cross of Golgatha

Proverbs 1:7 (NIV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NIV) 18  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19  For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate." 20  Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21  For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 22  Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23  but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24  but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25  For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength.

THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY: Don't expect wisdom to come into your life like great chunks of rock on a conveyor belt. It isn't like that. It's not splashy and bold... nor is it dispensed like a prescription across a counter. Wisdom comes privately from God as a byproduct of right decisions, godly reactions, and the application of spiritual principles to daily circumstances. Wisdom comes... not from trying to do great things for God... but more from being faithful to the small, obscure tasks few people ever see.  Charles R. Swindoll (1934- )

Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World.


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