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About the author:  Mike and his family, originally from Cincinnati, lived in Charleston, SC for 6 years prior to moving to Zionsville in August 2017. He is active in the Worship Ministry at ZPC and leads the Customer Success and Adoption Team at Springbuk, a healthcare intelligence software company based in Indianapolis. His wife, Becky, is the Worship Coordinator at ZPC, and they are blessed with three spirited (like, REALLY spirited) children:  Emma Kate (10), Jonah (8), and Jacob (7).  

About this post: This blog post is part of a series of daily devotionals for Holy Week. To sign up to receive text notification of these posts, text zpc devo to 39970. We welcome your comments and questions each day.

Today's scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-31

My family and I moved to Zionsville about a year and a half ago. Still, when I meet people the conversation inevitably steers toward where we lived before. When I answer that we moved to Zionsville, Indiana from Charleston, South Carolina… well, you can imagine the responses.

Once the laughter dies down a bit, the next question is always, “Oh! Did your job move you here?” as if it is incomprehensible that anyone in his right mind would trade year-round sunshine, beaches, and world-class shrimp and grits for bitter winters, and pot-holes that may as well double as swimming pools in the summer. Actually, that does completely defy logic. 

In today’s scripture, Paul is writing to budding Christians in Corinth, Greece–you know, the very same Greeks whose culture is synonymous with philosophy, intellectual debate, and the pursuit of knowledge. While classically educated himself, Paul, with his renewed mind (Romans 12: 2), was cautioning these new brothers and sisters in Christ to consider that the “wisdom” of man is easily upended by the “foolishness” of God. An immortal, infallible, omnipotent deity submitting to the constraints of human flesh, as a baby, in poverty, arriving in scandalous circumstances, abandoning his trade as a carpenter to become an itinerant preacher before being a convicted and executed as a state felon? But he never sinned? And he came back to life? What’s foolish about that? Everything!

God’s methods are beyond our comprehension (Romans 11:33). And God’s “foolishness” wasn’t a one-time event limited to the life and saving work of Jesus. The bible is full of accounts of God’s work in which his methods and actions defied human wisdom. Furthermore, Paul used the present tense here, reminding us that God’s hand in our daily lives may seem confusing, illogical, and counter to our own “wisdom.” 

How often do you question God’s wisdom as foolishness – directly or indirectly? “Are you sure you know what you’re doing, Lord?” Or how often do you make prayerful requests only to see God reply with a “No” or something radically different than what you had in mind? Too often our own “wisdom” is out of sync with God’s will and his plan, therefore his actions seem like foolishness to us. Our own wisdom is short-sighted, misguided, and motivated by our own plans and desires. God’s “foolishness” is simply him accomplishing his plan, and power for all those who believe and seek God’s will. Paul’s encouragement to the Romans to be transformed by the renewing of their minds comes with a goal: That they (and we) might test and discern the will of God and all that is good, and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).

No, my job was not a factor in our relocation. God brought us here according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Becky, Emma Kate, Jonah, Jacob, and I are blessed and joyful to call Zionsville home. We LOVE it here. Knowing we are firmly where God’s “foolishness” wants us gives us great comfort – and power to accomplish the work he has planned for us.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for loving me and calling me according to Your purpose. Align my desires with Your will that I may move according to Your wisdom, not my own. As I read your word and seek You, reveal to me the foolishness of my own reasoning and the wisdom of Your way.  Amen.

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About the author: Cynthia Carr has attended ZPC since 2006 with her husband, John, and their sons, Ryan and Jason. She has served as a Deacon and been blessed by the Great Banquet community. Currently, she supports both the Hospital and Intercessory Prayer team ministries. Cynthia also volunteers with her dog, Louie, who is a therapy dog for Love on a Leash. 

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Today's scripture: Isaiah 25:6-9

Parenting a senior in high school has been a colorful rainbow of emotions for me this year, despite having done it once already. When our boys were toddlers, we found a helpful book titled The Way I Feel by Janan Cain. She effectively describes emotions as colors which was useful for the boys to communicate their feelings.

The college application process and “lasts” of high school have reminded me of this time ranging from excited orange to scared black and worrisome purple. As I support our son without directing, the happy yellow from God’s provision has squelched any sad greens I’ve felt. God has brought both of us closer to him in the ups and downs of essay drafts, sports wins and losses, and outcomes. The peaceful blue in the power of prayer claims my words to our Heavenly Father to protect, grant wisdom, and provide a path. And our Lord has provided, for which I am grateful!

I encourage you to read the scripture in Isaiah 25:6-9. It reveals that Jesus was preparing a feast for all the people on a mountain top. All the best foods and wines were to be served to both Jews and Gentiles. The story tells us that the Lord God will destroy the shroud that unfolds all peoples, which the Bible notes tells us represents his ability to swallow death forever. This darkness of death and sadness will be replaced by the light of Jesus. He will wipe away all our tears and our sadness will be removed. We rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus and are glad in his salvation. Praise to the Lord!

As we reflect on the emotions of Holy week, and the equivalent colors, we know who Jesus is in our lives. We are encouraged that there is hope for each of us. We started the week exuberant as Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey; solemnly celebrated the Last Supper; and concluded with sadness of Jesus’ death on Good Friday. We are encouraged that tomorrow, on Easter, we will celebrate that Jesus’ crucified body was resurrected and our tears will be replaced with feelings of exuberant wonder. 

Prayer

Most gracious and loving God, we thank you for this day as we anticipate the resurrection of your Son, Jesus.  May you be with us in all our days of joy and sadness and remind us often of the hope and joy we have in you.  You wipe away our tears forever when we trust in you.  Amen

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