Daily D – 1 Corinthians 1:25
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 1:25 (NLT)
God at his worst is always better than me at my best.
When I find God’s way harder than I prefer for some reason, I tend to look for an easier path. It does not take long to relearn the lesson that taking the easy way is not the easy way.
In the most comforting psalm in the Bible, King David plainly says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death . . . “ (23:4). It is the height of conventional wisdom to avoid dark valleys, dark alleys, and other dark places. Deep shadows hide all manner of danger. Yet our Father in heaven sometimes parades us right through deadly passages.
It is wise to remember the rest of the verse: “I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me,” (ESV). The NLT says, “I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
Sometimes God leads into dark valleys because it is the shortest distance between where we are and where we are going. As Bob Roberts, NorthWood Church’s founding pastor, said last Sunday, “God does not answer our prayers according to what we see, but according to where he is leading us.”
Sometimes God leads us into dark valleys because there are those who need rescue (Luke 10:30-37).
Sometimes we see clearly where we should go and what we should do. Sometimes we see only a step at a time. Either way, we can trust God at his worst to be better than us at our best. Where God guides, God provides.
Our Father in heaven is more trustworthy in his silence than I am at the peak of my preacherly proclamation.
Whenever we attempt to master a new subject, we go through a series of stages. First, there is Unconscious Incompetence. That means we do not know what we do not know. Remember the first time you swung a golf club? It’s like that.
Then there is Conscious Incompetence. This means we know what we don’t know, and we are ready to learn. This is the person taking her first golf lesson. Next is Conscious Competence. Golf lessons pay off as you rehearse your posture, grip, and approach before every swing.
Finally, there is Unconscious Competence. This is what Arnold Palmer meant when he said, “Grip it and rip it.”
When it comes to trusting God, what stage best describes you? Always remember that God at his worst is better than you at your best. He is unconsciously competent at everything. He can do anything but fail. The biggest challenges of life are never insurmountable when we allow him to lead the way.
Whatever stage of trusting God you find yourself in today, keep moving toward unconscious competence. When your default setting is trusting God no matter what, you will discover how trustworthy he is no matter what.
I will develop unconscious competence in trusting God.
Our Father, as the old song says, “I did my best, but I guess my best wasn’t good enough.” You always do what is right, just, fair, and compassionate. When I am weak, you are strong. When I don’t know the way I should go, you lead me along the right paths because you will never lead me the wrong way. I trust you. I will trust you more and more. Show me the way I should go. Amen.
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Jeremiah 18:1-4 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
Philippians 1:4-6 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Jeremiah 17:7, 8 “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
2 Chronicles 35:25 Jeremiah composed laments for Josiah, and to this day all the male and female singers commemorate Josiah in the laments. These became a tradition in Israel and are written in the Laments. (NIV)