Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – February 25, 2015
by Rachael Jordan
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 2:1-13
We often like to think that Paul was some crazy, fearless evangelist running around the Mediterranean starting churches. Well, a lot of that is true. However, in our passage for today, we find Paul reminding the church in Corinth of how afraid he really was in approaching them with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He knew the power of the gospel but the thought of being called to proclaim something as HUGE as this reduced him to a trembling mess!
Paul recognized that “we speak God’s wisdom…which God decreed before the ages” and that is no easy task. It’s terrifying! Why? “For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 2:11 NRSV). Paul knew that the Word we are called to proclaim is one that we ourselves don’t even fully understand and yet we are called to proclaim it anyway! We are called to step out in faith, both with the recognition of this great task and also with the greatest humility that we don’t know it all.
During Lent, as we are anticipating and preparing to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus, we are called as a people to proclaim our faith in the God who died so that we may live-even amidst our fears and doubts. How will you proclaim that news?
Prayer: Almighty God, help us to always have faith in your Word and the willingness to embrace your wisdom. For it is you, through your Spirit, who guides us to proclaim your wisdom to the world. We give you thanks. In the name of Jesus the Christ, amen.