Only by God’s Power
Sir Godfrey Gregg
And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
In the city of Corinth, knowledge was something of value. If you were an educated person then you held a lot of prestige. Yet, Paul struck a compelling contrast to the church at Corinth. He declared that he did not come with “lofty speech” or in “plausible words of wisdom” but he came “in weakness and in fear and much trembling.” He came in this manner so the Corinthians would see that real and captivating faith rests not “in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
Often, we turn to those whom our society has deemed the most knowledgeable about any given subject matter. Yet, there are moments in our lives where even Google/Yahoo does not hold the answer. We find ourselves at a loss when we are faced with “I do not know” from those who are supposed to know. It is at this moment that God says the power is not in what you or anyone else knows but the power lies in Him.
We as a church body (The Mystical Order) are in a season of seeking. We are looking for the one who will lead our community and we all have lofty expectations. However, this season is a reflection of the reality of our own lives. We are always seeking something and most of the time that something holds lofty expectations. God is calling us to lean into Him, ask His Spirit for discernment, and seek His Word for guidance. While this is not a call to ignore the intellect and knowledge the Lord has blessed us with, He does call us to ultimately make our decisions through the lens of His word and with reliance on His wisdom.
In what ways are you relying on your own power or wisdom apart from God’s? I plead with you to take a few minutes and confess that before the Lord.
What are some ways you can seek the Lord’s wisdom first and foremost?