Sophos + moros. Wise fool.
Our immeasurably wise Author and Finisher has ordained that we go forth with the power of a foolish message to win the inhabitants of His earth from the power of His enemies. 1 Corinthians 1:
22 Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption — 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”
A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And He said to them, “The kings of the gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am with you as the one who serves.
You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
The first twelve apostles were instructed regarding their dispute about which of them should be considered the greatest. The instruction did not advise them to stop wanting to be the greatest. It was, instead, advice on how to both measure greatness and attain it.
The process included being servant of all, staying with Jesus through His trials, and through those processes being established as honorable with a place at the table of Jesus and enthroned beside His throne.
Even Judas was promised a throne, and even though his peers condemned him in his failure, Peter was not condemned for an equally disgusting disownment of Jesus, and Jesus is never quoted in the Book as changing His mind about this promise to Judas.
Let’s stop looking at difficulties and insults and accusations as anything other than opportunities to fellowship with Jesus outside the camp, so that when He reenters the gate, we are nearby and walk in with Him in the same triumph.
Your Dad wants to communicate with you even more than your very best friends. Even more than the people who fill your inbox with stuff everyday with hopes of filling their pockets by deceiving you out of something or talking you into something.
We check our inboxes several times a day. Some people look hundreds of times.
Some of us don’t even know where the inbox from Yahweh is. We need to find it and treat it like a pearl of greatest value. We need to look there all day for communication and information and food and drink and Life and love.
My responses to situations should be sourced in the fruit of God’s Spirit, not the works of my flesh (Galatians 5). That is basic.
Those who trust Yahweh will be blessed. Those who don’t, won’t even see blessings that come close. Trusting Him is allowing patience to work with faith.
When I can’t see what is next. When things go wrong and I wonder if its my fault. When people I trusted turn on me and devour me, or disappear and abandon me. I need to trust Yahweh.
It can’t just be that I make a simple decision and its all settled. I make a good, faith-empowered decision, but then I am confronted with the pain again, or another insult, or one more thing breaks, or I wake up again and nothing seems to have improved. In each of these situations, I must decide once again to trust Yahweh.
Patience makes me able to respond with faith over and over and over, no matter how many times I seem to have evidence that trusting Yahweh isn’t helping.
Be patient. Let patience have her perfect work in you, and you will be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. That’s faith working with patience.