Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Daily - 8/31/2010

1 Corinthians 2:10b-16

10 For the Spirit scrutinizes everything, even the depths of God.

11 Among human beings, who knows what pertains to a person except the spirit of the person that is within? Similarly, no one knows what pertains to God except the Spirit of God.

12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the things freely given us by God.

13 And we speak about them not with words taught by human wisdom, but with words taught by the Spirit, describing spiritual realities in spiritual terms.

14 Now the natural person does not accept what pertains to the Spirit of God, for to him it is foolishness, and he cannot understand it, because it is judged spiritually.

15 The spiritual person, however, can judge everything but is not subject to judgment by anyone.

16 For "who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to counsel him?" But we have the mind of Christ.


First reading for today, and it's petty lofty stuff. A passage like this takes me several reads to get through.

All teaching pertaining to God comes from the Holy Spirit. Without the Holy Spirit, we cannot understand God's gifts, or even be aware that they came from God at all.

As Paul says - knowledge of God does not come from human wisdom. If you think about it .. how could it? How could knowledge of a higher being come from human wisdom? Can an ant have knowledge of us, or know what is going on in our minds? If not, then how could we know anything about God on our own, without his help? I'm willing to bet that the difference between God and me is far greater than the difference between me and an ant.

So ... there's a great joy to be taken from this passage. The only reason that we know anything at all about God is that He has wanted us to know Him. He has reached out to us and called us. He wants to be a part of our lives.

As I write this morning, my eyes are just opening to this. What a tremendous gift! The ruler of the universe wants to be an intimate part of our lives. Who of us wouldn't love it if Albert Pujols (or Bo Pelini for us in Nebraska) sought us out and wanted to be around us every day, and shower us with gifts? Wouldn't that be cool?

We have something MUCH better than that. Rejoice in it!