It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. – 1 Corinthians 1:22
Dealing with chronic illness on a daily basis can be a lot like this verse.
I have a definite desire to ask for signs from heaven. Signs that I am not alone. Signs that God can still use me. Signs that He is even still out there, and I am not screaming to the stars.
And oh, how I seek human wisdom. Opinions of others as to how this should go. Advice from Christians as to how to handle these trials. Reading books written about why these things happen, and where God is when they do. Seeking answers in medical studies and anecdotes of others who share my plight.
But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. – 1 Corinthians 1:24-25
So once again I read that it all boils down to this… Faith.
Faith in Jesus Christ. Faith in the power and wisdom of God… alone.
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that Faith gives us assurance of things we cannot see. If I am then asking for signs and seeking wisdom from those who cannot possibly hope to fathom all that the Lord can and has done… all He will do… how am I demonstrating my faith?
On these difficult days, my prayer is that I am not like the Jews or the Greeks that Paul is referencing. I hope that I am not seeking signs of His care when He has already shown His steadfast love over and over again. I want to search for answers in HIS Word, and no others. I want to seek true Wisdom.
Dear Lord, please remind me, however often is necessary, that I am to look only to YOU, and have Faith in all of my struggles. Thank You for your patience with me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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