THEME: WISDOM FROM GOD
1 Corinthians 3:18-21
“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.” Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours.”
-The statements, “the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God”, and “He catches the wise in their own craftiness are striking”. This can be illustrated through the story of Haman son of Nammedatha who conspired to kill all the Jews in the kingdom of Xerxes just because Mordecai failed to pay him honor (Esther 3:2). He wrote letters to the one hundred and twenty seven provinces of Xerxes stretching from India to Cush. He also boasted greatly of his royal position and established a fifty cubits pole with an attempt to assassinate Mordecai. As the scripture says, the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God and the Lord catches the wise in their own craftiness. Haman in his own craftiness became foolish and was impaled on it. Mordecai and Esther had fasted and prayed for the salvation of all the Jews in the region, and the Lord heard their prayers. In God’s wisdom, Mordecai was elevated and fought for the rights of the Israelites. He set up Purim, a two day season of celebration for the Israelites as a commemoration of these events. We see this story that true wisdom begins and ends with God. We are called to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not on our own understanding; and in all our ways submit to him, and He will make our paths straight.
Almighty and Everlasting Father, we come before You thanking You for Your goodness and mercy upon our lives. Only You are full of wisdom, we praise You and honor Your holy name. In Your great wisdom and splendor You created the heavens. The heavens and the earth in magnificence and power. The earth and all that is in it. We praise in and worship Your holy names. We sing a new song in honor of Your mighty name. The birds sing songs of praise to You. The trees clap their hands to praise You. The rivers flow and give honor to You. All creation worships and gives praise to You Lord, our Almighty Father. Deliver us Lord from all snares of the evil one. Heal all our wounds and shield us from evil. Heal all those who are sick and deliver them from all pain and suffering. Expand our boundaries and grant us the grace to eat the good of the land. May all our plans succeed according to Your divine promises. Bless us together with the descendants with the dew of heaven for we put our trust in You. Bless us dear Jesus and keep us, make Your face shine on us and be gracious to us, turn Your face toward us and give us peace.
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