The Third Sunday of Lent – Wisdom During Times of Peril (The Epistle Passage)

“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” (I Corinthians 1:18-19)

Imagine, beloved reader, a life preserver that is tossed out to a drowning person. Imagine further it is made of light weight material with only a slender string that dances out behind it. A drowning person may think “This flimsy thing would save me. I will not take a chance. It would be foolishness to trust it.” But for one who trusts and has faith, grasping on to it may mean the difference between life and death.

“Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe.” (Verses 20 -21)

Are you still with our potentially drowning friend? Imagine further, if you would, a voice comes from out of a fog bank, “Grab on and I will pull you in.” Would you trust such a voice?

“For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.” (Verses 22-25)

The writer of I Corinthians chapter 1 might seem as unusual and out of nowhere as the mystery life preserver and the voice that calls out. But when you are in peril and dire straights, you do not question the devices that might save you. You hold on and thank God that there is a way to safety. These are the lessons and messages that are heard during Lent. There is a way out and safety, if you will but trust and have faith. Wisdom and discernment mean little when you are in peril. And, beloved reader, all of our souls are in peril! Shalom!

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About Carole Boshart

I have two blogs on WordPress. "A Simple Desire" which is based on the daily "Sips of Scripture" published and sent out by Third Way Cafe. "Pondering From the Pacific" is based on my reflections on the world - sometimes religious/spiritual, and sometimes not so much.

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