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Daily reading: 11 January

Not a wisdom of this age.

Something to read

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.

- 1 Corinthians 2:6–10, from full reading 1 Corinthians 2:1–10.

Something to think about

In the prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien describes the hobbits’ preferences: ‘They liked to have books filled with things that they already knew, set out fair and square with no contradictions.’ That is a fair comment about many people's attitude to life: that it should be what they know, without contradictions.

The wisdom of God, though, is unknown to us until He shows it to us, and until then it is unknown. And when it is known, it contradicts what we thought we already knew. This wisdom of God, decreed before the ages for our glory, is revealed to us by the Spirit, not by the wisdom of the world, which would be scientific enquiry, or philosophy, or Google, or some computer algorithm. It is not known by cleverness, or slickness, or smugness, but in weakness, fear and trembling, the goal of which is that our faith might rest in the power of God, not in cleverness, or factoids, or impressive machinery, or simply wealth.

The Lord’s choice of his beloved, and His giving of his wisdom, confounds the rulers of the world, and makes no sense to celebrity culture. But this is where we find what God has prepared for those that love him. It is worth loving God. For He first loved us.

Something to do

Spend time in silence today, seeking the wisdom of God for your life, your community and the world.

Something to pray

Let us pray; Father, please show us your Spirit and your Power, that our faith might rest in you, and in what you do, and are able to do; and set our hearts upon knowing your Wisdom that we might not be confounded, like the rulers of this world. Empower us too that we might proclaim your testimony.

Today’s reading was provided by the Reverend Jeremy Bevan, a minister of the Church in Wales. ('Something to do' was provided by Christian Aid.)

Published on 11 January 2022