‘For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God’. 1 Corinthians 1:18
The other evening I was recounting something from my day to Dan, and without any response or acknowledgement that he had heard what I was saying, he picked up his phone to look at sport results! I challenged him about it, and it turns out he was able to recap what I had been talking about very well. I was surprised. He had been listening, he just didn’t show it. Things are not always as they seem!
I have found this to be true in my Christian journey with God. I have been reflecting recently on the passage in 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25 that talks about the problem of being a smart fool instead of fearing God. There are times when I can get a bit skeptical about my faith, and doubt creeps in when I start looking to trust in my own wisdom. I have friends who are of other religions. I am sometimes aware that they seem to be trying to win me over to their faith through their words or actions. This got me thinking that they appear to really believe in their god, and they are not that much different from me. Even my friends of no faith, sort of do have their own faith, because they are convinced they have come to the correct conclusion about life. But only one of us must be right. The other week I got thinking over all the similarities of the various faiths and I started to doubt. “Who of us is right?” But God is always on my case, He doesn’t leave me to figure it all out myself. I have questions, but God reminds me of His reality. Recently, I was telling Him my worries and doubts. The next day I had some crazy answers to a different prayer (not to do with my doubts, actually it was to do with making a tight schedule work!) The way God worked things out was so beyond what I could have even asked or imagined, His answering my prayer proved His realness. The result: all my questions about other faiths evaporated.
The wisdom of the world can be rather deceptive, it seems to say that we need to have all the answers before we can trust God. But I have concluded that as I am a finite person, and God is infinite, it means that I am never going to be able to get my head around Him and have all my questions sorted in a neat and tidy box. True wisdom is accepting that He is God and I am not, and choosing to put my trust in Him. For me this plays into all the common questions about suffering in the world, different religions, and the validity of the Bible, etc (all subjects that I have struggled with in the past). It’s not that asking questions is a bad thing, but it can start to become dangerous. It always comes down to the question of do I trust God or not?
I can think that I am the one with all the answers. I can come up with things that I think ‘catch God out’, but things are not always as they seem. Can you relate? God is a lot bigger than us and we need to trust Him. Just because we don’t understand everything, it doesn’t mean that we need to throw everything else out the window!