Thursday, December 22, 2016

Without the Help of Human Wisdom

CALL TO PRAYER
Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
 
The Lord is good, fresh acts of grace
his mercy still supplies.
His anger moves with slowest pace,
while his forgiveness flies.
 —Psalm 145:8
Suggested tune: Marlow (CM)


 
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, teaching us to renounce impiety.
—Titus 2:11-12a
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
When Christ came into the world, learning greatly prevailed; and yet wickedness never prevailed more than then. God was pleased to suffer human learning to come to such a height before he sent forth the gospel into the world, that the world might see the insufficiency of all their own wisdom for the obtaining the knowledge of God, without the gospel of Christ, and the teaching of his Spirit. When, in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God, by the foolishness of preaching, to save them that believe. And when the gospel came to prevail first without the help of human wisdom, then God was pleased to make use of learning as a handmaid. So now, learning is at a great height in the world, far beyond what it was in the age when Christ appeared; and now the world does not know God by its learning and wisdom.
—Jonathan Edwards (alt.)
 
TODAY'S PRAYER
May faith in Christ triumph over my own imperfect wisdom, O God, that I may embrace the foolishness of the cross...
 
YOUR OWN PRAYERS
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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