1 Corinthians 1:21-25
For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 2:14, 16[b]
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned…But we have the mind of Christ.
I want you to take your time reading these scriptures and allow the Holy Spirit to help you discern what God is saying. When I first started reading my Bible, even as an adult, I didn’t know what was being talked about a lot of the time. Some passages are straightforward, while others, you have to meditate on and wait for revelation from God. Revelation is when your spirit catches up with God’s Spirit and you’re able to understand the mysteries of God. As I grew in the Lord, I began to understand one vital component about God: He doesn’t make sense.
That’s right! GOD DOESN’T MAKE SENSE. If you want to grow in wisdom and the knowledge of Christ, you must understand that His ways are better than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. He created us and we didn’t create ourselves. So if we’re all under Him, why do we expect Him to lower himself for the sake of “making sense”? He’s not going to do that. He loves us too much to do that. Instead, we have to elevate ourselves and meet Him where He is. God is not far, He is within you!
If you believe, then you have the mind of Christ. You can set your thoughts higher and think like God thinks. I know it seems like it doesn’t make sense but it doesn’t have to. By faith, everything in the Kingdom of God works. God is not foolish but when looked at through the eyes of man, He seems ridiculous. At least that’s what the Greeks thought. The Greeks looked up to scholars and philosophers for their source of wisdom and knowledge. They believed that what man understood was far greater than what God could know. The Jews were no better. They believed that if they couldn’t see it, than it couldn’t possibly be true. Even though Jesus was walking among them, it still wasn’t enough! They rejected the living proof that they had been waiting for.
But we don’t have to be like the Jews or the Greeks, amen? We believe in Christ and we believe that no matter how ridiculous a virgin birth, walking on water, dying on a cross, being raised from the dead, and coming back for us again sounds, He is a God worth believing. We just have to change our thought life. Here are some ways to change your unbelief:
- Have Faith: I know this a cookie-cutter Christian phrase but it’s the truth. Everything we believe is by faith. Even an unbeliever can confess that everything in the world works by faith. The moment you rest your head at night, you have enough faith to know that you’ll probably wake up in the morning. We are faith-based by creation. All of us. We just have to make sure our faith is put towards a reliable source, which is Christ. And we know Christ is reliable because He left us with a guarantee, which is the Holy Spirit dwelling inside us. Through the Holy Spirit and the word of God, you are able to confirm God’s activity in your life and you can rest assured that He who started a good work in you is faithful to complete that work until the day of Christ.
- Be Thankful: There’s no doubt that most of us would rather have something tangible to prove that God is operating in our lives. It’s not even about proving to others, most of the time we’re still trying to prove to ourselves that God is still there. If you need tangible proof, just look over your life for what God has done thus far. God says to give thanks in all things. When you wake up the morning, give thanks. If you were able to make it to work and back home without a scratch, give thanks. If you’ve had a meal within the last month, give thanks. If you have family or friends (or both) that love and care about you, give thanks. A thankful heart keeps us from unbelief because it proves to us that if He’s done it before He can certainly do it again (and more!)
- Learn God: A lot of us, if not most of us, have had the image of God distorted in our lives. Maybe you went to church one time and got hurt. Maybe you gave a tithe unto the Lord and discovered that your pastor was stealing. Maybe someone used the word of God against you for their own agenda. Whatever the case is, forgive whatever and whoever for the damage that has been done and know this: God is God alone. Christians are to represent Christ on earth but do we always do that? No. You’re guilty of it and I’m guilty of it. However, when we study the word of God, we can learn God’s character in order to discern who God is and who He isn’t. This faith walk isn’t about the destination (which is Heaven), it’s more about the journey which is life on earth. Learn God for yourself so you won’t be tossed back and forth by what everything and everyone is saying about God. The love for God’s word will destroy your unbelief in Him.
I pray that your heart would be open to receive God for who He is. I pray that you would no longer lean on your own understanding or the wisdom of man but instead lean on the word of God, who has infinite wisdom. I pray that you would fall in love with His word and learn of the true character of God. I pray that the spirit of unbelief would replaced with a spirit of faith so you can walk in confidence knowing that God is who says He is and He does what He says He’ll do.