The Bible declares “Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
That’s not what it looks like at first glance.
Yes, Jesus Christ did miracles. His own birth – born to a virgin – was a miracle. Yet, Jesus’ own family members all weren’t convinced He was the Messiah. He was despised, rejected by the official religious establishment, convicted in a mock trial and turned over to the Romans who executed Him by crucifixion. Buried.
The ride-or-die disciples, who had left everything to follow Him, ran for cover.
This story does not have the ring of “Power” and “Wisdom.” Could be yours doesn’t either.
We’ve all had times when we thought following God’s plan would lead to a certain outcome, only to end up someplace we never expected to be.
- You accepted a promising promotion only to be assigned the Manager from Hell.
- Your child went to a great college only to return home overwhelmed before winter.
- You exercised, ate right, denied yourself and your health still went South.
Things look bad. It’s disappointing. It hurts to get up in the morning. But know this: tough, tight places are where God’s wisdom and power make the difference – if you trust Him.
God seldom works the way I might hope, where I get to avoid all the unpleasantness and have it my way.
Yet, even when the worst happens, I promise you that God’s wisdom and power prevail. With God, things are not what they seem.
Sending a baby to save the world seems like a bad idea. Babies often didn’t survive childhood in Jesus’ day. Investing just three short years of ministry in a dozen guys who had never traveled much is not how I’d spread the word to the world.
Conquering through weakness, death and disappointment is something only God can orchestrate. We mortals spend all our lives trying to avoid those things. God makes all of it serve His purposes, for all things serve Him.
Seen through natural eyes, Jesus’ ministry looked like an absurdity that ended in failure. Maybe parts of your life look like that now. Remember, your story isn’t over any more than His is.
Jesus got up from the grave.
And those frightened disciples, who ran and hid, were empowered by the Holy Spirit to take the testimony of Jesus to the world, a seeming impossibility. We modern Christ followers are proof that it worked.
Trust God. The path may lead straight through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, but it’s only the shadow. God is with us. He is Faithful.
For the Scripture says, Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.