Tuesday, February 20 — Wisdom — 1 Corinthians 1:20-31

“For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” 
    Through Jesus, God has introduced wisdom into the world that just doesn’t make sense. To become strong, one must become weak. To be first, one must become last. At the end of this journey, we will encounter the ultimate expression of God’s wisdom that according to the world, just doesn’t make sense: death can be given life. We will encounter God in pain, dying on a Roman torture device, only to be resurrected three days later. The pattern of the cross and resurrection — death transformed to life — contradicts the ways the world works. 
    The world’s wisdom says acquire and win, but God calls us to die to those desires for power and wealth. It is when we die to the desires and patterns of the world that we can be given new life through the wisdom of God. God’s wisdom calls us to a type of transformation that is only possible through relationship with Christ. God seeks to transform our desires for strength and power with God’s desire for servanthood. God seeks to transform our desires for greatness with God’s desire for humility. 
    What worldly wisdom are you hanging on to that might be preventing you from experiencing God’s wisdom? What is keeping you from experiencing the new order that Jesus brought to our world? What desires do you need to be transformed? 

You have given us a new order in which the first are last and the last are first. Turn us away from the false wisdom of the world, that we may pursue your wisdom, real wisdom. We seek to be transformed even if it means having to put to death old patterns. Give us the wisdom to discern what is from you and what needs to be transformed. Amen.