DEVOTIONALS

OUR SALVATION IS NOT DEPENDENT ON OUR INTELLECT, BUT ON OUR FAITH

BIBLE PASSAGE:
But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised
things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,
so that no one may boast before him.
(1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

MEDITATION:
None of us can fully understand the magnitude of God’s wisdom.
For instance, does it seem wise for His only Son to die on the cross?
We know the results of His sacrifice, but do we understand the “why”?

The scriptures tell us that He suffered for all of us so that those
who surrender to Him can have eternal life, but we wonder why
there was not a better path that would not require the death of Jesus.
The Greeks couldn’t understand it, and many today refuse to accept it.

However, God is so wise that a person with the highest IQ cannot figure Him out.
Think about the greatness of His wisdom:
If we could come to God with our intellect, then He would not be a fair God
because all of the smart people would have an advantage,
while the others would be left in the shadows.
Our spirituality would be based on our intellect and not our faith.

Jesus understood God’s wisdom because He is part of the Trinity.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned,
and revealed them to little children. (Matthew 11:25)

It is not that God is so high that we cannot communicate with Him, but
we have to humble ourselves as little children in order to increase our faith.
As long as we keep trying to analyze and understand His actions,
we will struggle with increasing our faith.

We have to have childlike thinking in order to have a mature faith.
Children basically have the attitude that, “If God said it, then it is true”.
They don’t try to justify their actions or rationalize what God could have meant,
they just accept everything He says at face value.

ACTION:
Where are you in your faith?
Do you try to rationalize the things from God,
or do you accept them at face value?
What about your sins, do you try to justify them?

Do you take scriptures out of context (or portions of scriptures),
in order alleviate the guilt you feel for your sinfulness?
For instance, some say that living together is okay
because they love each other, so being married is not a requirement.

Really? Is that what God says?
He refers to this as fornication, which is sexual immorality (consensual
sexual intercourse between two people who are not married to each other).
For this is the will of God, your sanctification:
that you abstain from sexual immorality. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
It is the Will of God that we abstain from this type of immoral behavior.
The scriptures tell us that sanctification and sexual immorality
are mutually exclusive….we can’t have both

Pray,
“Heavenly Father thank You for the greatness of Your wisdom. I may
not understand all that You do and the boundaries You have established,
but help me to accept everything from You by faith alone. Teach me to
increase my faith though humility, rather than trying to elevate myself
to Your level so that I can understand all of Your guidelines and actions.
Thank You for making salvation non-dependent on our intellect and
understanding, but something to be received with a childlike faith.”

blog: UTVOLWOODY.WORDPRESS.COM

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About Don Woodruff

Retired from FedEx and dedicated to sharing God's Word with others. I send out devotionals M-F and have written two books: "The Crucifixion Catalyst / Unspoken Messages From God To Believers" (published and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble **out of print**) and "I'm Saved Now What?" (unpublished). I am currently working on a third one that will be a Daily Devotional.

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