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Daily reading: 12 January

God makes known his wisdom directly to us.

Something to read

"For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

- 1 Corinthians 2:16, from full reading: 1 Corinthians 2:11–16.

Something to think about

There is that part of us which is completely our own: our own inner mind and thoughts. It is where we make our decisions; it is where we consider our deepest beliefs. It is the resting place of our deepest motives and convictions. No one can know what is there unless we tell them, or show them by our actions. It is what makes people ultimately impossible to control. This is part of our being in which we are like Him, made in His image.  

And yet, there in our inner being, the Lord can know us, and we can know Him. He can be present to us, by his Spirit, in our very inner being. The Lord can make known his wisdom directly to our own mind and spirit. What is required of us is our weakness, our trembling, our humility and our willingness to listen, to be corrected, that we might become spiritual. 

To do this, we must receive Him, by his spirit and by his word, openly and uncritically, entrusting ourselves to Him who has redeemed us, by that very folly of the Cross. Our King is not some unknown, distant figure, or a phantasy, or some arrogant ruler ignorant of our true selves, but one who is close and near and present to us who believe. This is our God, our companion on the way, which is the way through life to that which he has prepared for them that love Him.

Something to do

Spend more time in silence, in the presence of the spirit of God, today than you did yesterday. May it be from our quiet contemplation of God that we take action in the world.

Something to pray

Let us therefore reject the spirit of the world, and receive the Spirit of our God, that we might know his mind, do what he does, and do what he loves; that we might know Him and his ways, for this is our chief goal and reason we are made.

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 12 January 2021

Resource language
English
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Themes – Areas of work
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Bible reference
1 Corinthians 2:11–16