For the Lenten season, I’m participating in the #SheSharesTruth weekly linkup where readers share the wisdom they’ve gained from the bible passage given by She Reads Truth. This week’s passage was 1 Corinthians 2:1-5.
And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV)
When I became a Christian in my second year in college, my perspective on many things changed completely. The professors that I so highly revered did not seem as awe-inspiring anymore. I still respected them for their knowledge but their words, no matter how eloquent, no longer seemed to hold the same weight. I had found the ultimate truth and wisdom in the Word that was God-inspired. To me, the knowledge that the professors were imparting became merely book knowledge. Their words didn’t have the ability to grab at my heart and have a life-changing impact the way God’s Word often does.
On the other hand, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to many faith testimonies from ordinary individuals like me, both young and old. Somehow, many of these testimonies made a lasting impression on me. Listening to their life stories filled with God’s love and grace was not only encouraging but awe-inspiring and motivating. Their ordinary words became extraordinary lessons thru the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe this is what Paul is alluding to in this passage. God’s glory becomes ever so apparent when we are devoid of superfluous human wisdom because as Jesus reminds us, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
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