I wake up earlier and earlier to be able to study. What happens? My kids seem to wake up earlier and earlier too. Argh!
1 Corinthians 1:18-19 are all I'll cover today but for a good reason. These verses address part of my own problem. Verse 18 is great, and I believe in the power of the cross to save. I believe I've been saved by Jesus' death and resurrection. But then verse 19 quotes Isaiah 29:14, and all goes downhill for me. Verse 19 says, "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart." Much of my own pride and sin comes from my belief that I an a discerning person. I think I can look past the words that people are saying and know their true thoughts, the heart of the issue. This is why I don't like people. I see through the words they are saying to what they are really thinking and wanting, and I'm annoyed and frustrated by their dishonesty.
On some levels this discerning sounds okay, like I am able to help a person see truth or dig down to the heart of some matter this person is facing, but what makes it not okay is my heart and my own actions. I sit hear and write about reading my Bible, and then I go to work and would rather tell someone "where they can go", than to show them the love of God in patience. I lack the love of God in my own life. I lack the truth of the cross. My pride is based on an ability that is most likely not really what I think it is. It is probably my own arrogance getting in the way of truth and light and life for the people I come in contact with. Even yesterday, I had an incident where I found myself making fun of the uptight people who couldn't take a joke. Uptight? My role is to be set apart from the things of the world.
The wisdom and the discernment we have must be based on that of the Bible. We should be using the wisdom of God's Word to discern any situation we are involved in. The word of the cross should be the power of God to us who call ourselves Christians. Christ saved us from our sin, from ourselves. Live like we are saved. Live like we are grateful. Live like we believe.