Daily Devotional from Pastor Mary 6-1-21

1 Corinthians 2:6-10 Wisdom from God
6 However, there is a wisdom that we continually speak of when we are among the spiritually mature [those who have been initiated into the mysteries of God]. It’s wisdom that didn’t originate in this present age, nor did it come from the rulers of this age who are in the process of being dethroned [human governments and rulers of darkness]. 7 Instead, we [church apostles] continually speak of this wonderful wisdom that comes from God, hidden before now in a mystery [beyond the scope of human reasoning]. It is his secret plan, destined [decreed] before the ages, to bring us into glory [so glory may be ours]. 8 None of the rulers of this present world order understood it, [powers of darkness] for if they had, they never would have crucified the Lord of shining glory [all glory belongs to him]. 9 This is why the Scriptures say:

Things never discovered or heard of before,
things beyond our ability to imagine [entered the heart]—
these are the many things God has in store
for all his lovers [those who wait and long for the Lord].

10 But God now unveils these profound realities to us by the Spirit [through revelation]. Yes, he has revealed to us his inmost heart and deepest mysteries through the Holy Spirit, who constantly explores all things.

In our passage today, we reflect upon some very fundamental truths about God’s plan for his human creation. The Apostle Paul speaks of human wisdom, as well as the work of evil to thwart God’s plan from the very beginning. The enemy of God—the evil Accuser—thought he had the upper hand when Christ died on the cross. The principalities and powers of darkness had no ability to comprehend the efficacy [effectiveness] of Christ’s crucifixion to realign the universe and initiate a new kingdom under our Lord Jesus Christ. God used that prideful ignorance of darkness to usher in salvation and eternal life.

So many times things just do not make sense to the human mind, but God is in the process of making all things new and he begins with human hearts that will become devoted to his authority—something Satan knows nothing about. Paul teaches the Corinthians, as well as you and me today, about the power of God that cannot be grasped by our eight pound brain. We must humbly approach God as our Maker and stop trying to explain what cannot be reasoned. Our duty to God is all based on awe, love, and trust. Those who live in this way become mature and lacking nothing, because God’s Spirit continues to flow divine revelation into the willing and seeking soul [mind, will, emotions]. That’s how believers learn the mysteries of God which escape human comprehension. For this reason, Satan pours deception into the world to accuse God’s children who are governed by the law of grace.

Prayer: Lord, I stand in awe of you. Truly, your ways are not my ways and your thoughts are not my thoughts, but I do not feel the need to wrestle down all that I do not understand about you, myself, others, evil, and this world. Instead, I simply trust you have a divine plan that you will reveal to me as I live surrounded by your divine mysteries. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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