The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense.1 Corinthians 1:18 (The Message)
Do people think my beliefs are sheer silliness?
I probably worry about what people think more than I should. Actually, if people do think I’m silly for what I believe I’m in pretty good company:
- Job was a laughingstock to his friends. Job 12:4
- Festus told Paul he was out of his mind. Act 26:22–25
- Jesus’s own family thought Jesus was out of his mind. Mark 3:20–21
Continuing on in Paul’s letter we find:
It’s written,1 Corinthians 1:19–25 (The Message)
“I’ll turn conventional wisdom on its head,
I’ll expose so-called experts as crackpots.”
So where can you find someone truly wise, truly educated, truly intelligent in this day and age? Hasn’t God exposed it all as pretentious nonsense? Since the world in all its fancy wisdom never had a clue when it came to knowing God, God in his wisdom took delight in using what the world considered dumb—preaching, of all things!—to bring those who trust him into the way of salvation.
Does God think my belief or my conduct is silly?
That’s really the question I should be concerned about. The title I chose for this thought comes from the way God describes his people who do not return to him or seek him—like a dove, silly and without sense. Hosea 7:10–14 (ESV)
As David prayed, Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Ps 19:14