Seeing is Believing

1 Corinthians 1:22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

There are two schools of thought here, both are a form of seeing. A sign in this context is seeing what is expected, prophecy fulfilled, a promise kept, but that requires a proper understanding of the prophecy or promise. Wisdom is a right conclusion or outcome to an expectation based in logic, it makes sense. Once again a right understanding is required of events and circumstance for reasoning to become wisdom.

We use the term “I see” to mean I understand. Wisdom is an understanding. Both the Jew and the Greek take a different approach to the same issue, the truth. What good does it do to understand a lie?

The great obstacle for the religious and the intellectual is the lie.

1 John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

Genesis 3:14-15 And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Satan was cursed for that first lie. His realm became dust, death and the enmity continues to this day. His only weapon against us is the lie. Our only defense against him is truth.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

See Jesus, see truth, the sign and wisdom. A proper and right understanding.


Making Time

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

That is a long list. Look over it carefully and answer me this; where is making time for God?

Is it possible that making time for God was omitted on purpose? Or was it?

Ecclesiastes 3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Who indeed shall cause us to see beyond self? Only God can do that. If all you have time for is this long list, or your own which might be even longer given these busy time; then all you will ever see is the fruits of your own effort. You may count it good or bad, and in both cases it dies with you. That is short sighted.

Luke 15:20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

The Father takes the long view. If you will make time for the Father, He will show you.