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January 16, 2022 | Doug Sauder
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“For the Jews ask for signs and the Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Gentiles.”—1 Corinthians 1:22–23 (HCSB)
Everyone has searched for proof of God. Maybe you’ve asked God to show Himself to you, to reveal who He truly is. Or maybe you’ve studied for weeks, months, or years to fully understand God before trusting Him. Countless Jews and Greeks sought for further proof of Jesus’ Godhood while Jesus Himself walked the earth. Although asking for a sign and seeking out truth won’t hurt you, they’re not the keys to knowing God. They weren’t the keys then, and they aren’t the keys now.
The Word says, “God was pleased to save those who believe through the foolishness of the message preached” (1 Corinthians 1:21 HCSB). The fact that God recognizes the story as foolish is probably my favorite part of the passage. He recognizes that there will be some who never believe the truth because of how unbelievable it seems. Beyond that, though, He recognizes how unbelievably magnificent the story is.
The beauty of our salvation is the simplicity of the story. There are no loopholes. There is nothing to figure out. Even children can comprehend the beauty of it. Jesus is who He says He is—yesterday, today, and forever. We can choose to believe . . . or we can choose to deny.
I’ve known many people who want to believe, but they just can’t wrap their heads around the gospel. If that’s you today, you must know that beyond a need for signs, wisdom, and understanding, there is the need for a relationship with Christ. The reason we often seek so wholeheartedly for understanding is because the consequence of the gospel being true is life-altering. We can’t ignore our need for unending, merciful, sacrificial, perfect love.
While there’s room for gaining greater knowledge of what Jesus has done, do you know His thoughts about you? Do you know that you were created in His image? That He has hope for you and a future for you that will not disappoint you? It’s true! He’s thinking of you, even now.
While there’s room for gaining greater knowledge, choose to rest today. Choose to believe what He’s said to you and about you. If you aren’t saved yet, He doesn’t look at you with malice or anger, He looks at you with love. If you are saved, He doesn’t look at you as a sinner, He sees you as His child. Accept and believe His promises today, choosing to leave wisdom behind, and instead, run after the beauty of what He’s said and done for you.
DIG: Read 1 Corinthians 1:18–25.
DISCOVER: Do you know His love for you? God is INFINITE, which means His thoughts about you are also infinite. Seek them out today! He is PLEASED when we seek Him out of faith, and He WILL respond to your seeking.
DISPLAY: Choose to believe more of what God says to be true today. No matter your circumstances, the Lord always has something new to show you . . . so choose to believe what He reveals to you.