April 1st, 2020

Our celebration of the first day of spring was certainly different this year. We have had to usher in spring from the seclusion of our homes because of the cornonavirus. I hope as the weather gets warmer you are able to get out some. There was no way in the world that we could have predicted what is happening now even just a few short weeks ago. Usually when we usher in spring, the greatest danger is allergies that accompany the blooming of plants. Now, we have something more about which to worry. But, continue to look ahead, just as with the coming of spring, we know their will be an end to this crisis. We just can't predict when that will be.

We often try to put God in the "predictable" category. However, a study of the life of Christ should keep us from doing that. Who would have thought that the Creator of the entire universe would enter his creation the way he did? Who would have thought that the Creator of the universe would choose to exit the creation in the way he did? Who would have chosen a cross as one's means of death? One would have thought the Socratic Method would be more humane (pardon the pun, and in case your wondering, Socrates was forced to swallow poison)."

In I Corinthians 1:20-25, Paul reminds us that "Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength."

The story of the cross and the empty tomb shows that God is more creative than man. We need to celebrate this, and not try to make God predictable. He never has been, and he never will be. The conclusion is that our trust needs to be in him because he wants to do for us what we can't do for ourselves. The scripture reminds us of the wisdom of God. Let's allow our early spring to be a reminder of the superiority of God's wisdom.

Pastor Steve Willis