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. For it is written:

’I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.’

Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 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. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.

- 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

Paul starts by talking to a divided church. He starts by saying the message of the cross is one of two things: foolishness to the ones perishing and to the ones being saved it is seen as the power of God. This message of the cross is the message of victory, the message of ultimate sacrifice, the message that God gave his one and only son to die on the cross for the totality of our sins. He goes on to say that “It is written: I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.” The wisest people, philosophers, and teachers of the law do not even come close next to the wisdom and power of the Lord. Our wisdom and our intelligence does not compete-even on our “best of days.” He finishes by saying that “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom and the weakness of God is stronger than Human strength” Read verse 25 again and again—until that sinks in. This is one of the biggest “IF” statements I have ever read. Even if God was foolish He is still wiser than each of us on our best days—the days that we get an A on our chemistry test or the days where we write the most solid of papers. Even if God was weak He is stronger than us on our most strong days—the days we go to Ramsey or the days we fight off all of the lies that come our way. He is stronger. He is wiser.

It’s easy to read this passage and say why me? Why do I need to read this? I am not the divided church. I am not the foolish. But this message is for all of us. It’s easy to lose the significance of the cross. It’s easy to lose sight of all the victory that was obtained and still stands firm from what Jesus did for us on that Cross. Even with all of our wisdom and all of our knowledge we are limited. With God, there is always more to know, more to love and more to be revealed. He is greater than our greatest.

Let this passage bring you back to the cross. Ask yourself what does the cross mean to me? That necklace you wear everyday or that cross you doodle on all of your papers what does that really mean? What is the message that He is telling you through the cross? Let him show you His power and His wisdom through it.

Jesus, thank you for the cross. Thank you for what you did that day on the cross and that it continues to move in power day after day. Lord, I pray that you continue to reveal your power to us. That we would never minimize what you did and what you continue to do. I ask that you continue to open our eyes to see you for who you are—stronger and wiser. Thank you that our knowledge is limited and yours is infinite. Thank you that there is always more with you. We invite you to speak more. We ask that your voice would be the only voice that we hear. We ask that we would follow nothing else but your truth, your power and your wisdom.

- Ashley Gibson