by Dr. Charles Stanley
In Touch Daily Devotional
The Cross: A Look at the Heart of God
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
The message of the Cross doesn't seem to make sense to the world, does it? It is difficult to explain the sheer power of the Cross to an unbeliever simply because that person is on the outside looking in. It is not until we see the issue through the eyes of the Holy Spirit that we begin to fully grasp the wisdom in it.
The apostle Paul explains that the message of the Cross seems like foolishness to the world, but for those of us in Christ, it is the very wisdom of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18-25) Essentially, God's wisdom reveals how backward-thinking the world really is!
The world thinks it has such a firm grasp of wisdom. They see Christians as wasting their time going to church and talking about "getting saved." However, these are the very things that can lead the lost into a saving relationship with God.
If it were up to us, we would have done it another way. In fact, every other religion on earth points toward good works as the means of salvation. However, God knew that no amount of good deeds could overcome the debt left by sin. So, He acted on our behalf, doing what only He knew was necessary to save our souls.
We may not like to admit it, but God is a lot smarter than we are. He knows what we need before we even ask Him. Therefore, let us thank Him for taking this matter out of our hands and providing that which we could never earn: salvation, forgiveness, and eternal communion with our heavenly Father.
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