GPS: Grow, Pray & Study

GPS for the week of March 3rd, 2024

“Has Not God Made Foolish The Wisdom Of The World”

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“Now that we know that we don’t know, let’s enjoy that thought for a
moment. Isn’t it delicious that the God who flung stars into space
also knows every beginning and end? So let’s settle in for a moment
and let ourselves not know in the presence of the God who already
knows (Kate Bowler).”

Dear Lord, help us to give ourselves over to your wisdom as we
seek you this week. Amen.

Monday 3.4 “You shall have no other gods before me.”
Exodus 20:1-17
“Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who
brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you
shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself
an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or
that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your
God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents,
to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but
showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who
love me and keep my commandments. You shall not make wrongful
use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit
anyone who misuses his name.” We may find ourselves drawn to
worship the powers and wealth of this world. Only the Lord our God
can truly give us life and carry us through dark and difficult times.

Tuesday 3.5 “The Lord blessed the sabbath day.”
Exodus 20:1-17
“Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy. Six days you shall
labor and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the
Lord your God; you shall not do any work-you, your son or your
daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien
resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and
earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day;
therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in
the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not
bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your
neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or
female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your
neighbor.” We are called to set aside a sabbath to help us to
remember that our Lord will provide.

Wednesday 3.6 “The heavens are telling the glory of God.”
Psalm 19
“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament
proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to
night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words;
their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a
tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding
canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy. Its rising is
from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and
nothing is hid from its heat.” Take time to listen to the voice of our
God and rejoice in the beauty and power of the heavens.

Thursday 3.7 “O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19
“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the
Lord are sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the Lord are
right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is clear,
enlightening the eyes; the fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to
be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than
honey, and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover by them is your
servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can
detect errors? Clear me from hidden faults. Keep back your servant
also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then
I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the
words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to
you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Our Lord is perfect and
powerful, and he desires to lead us as we meditate on his word.

Friday 3.8 “Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
“For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are
perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it
is written, ‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment

of the discerning I will thwart.’ Where is the one who is wise? Where
is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made
foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the
world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the
foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews
demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ
crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but
to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power
of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than
human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human
strength.” Paul was humbled and rejoiced as he proclaimed the
power and wisdom of God in Christ Jesus to the Corinthians.

Saturday 3.9 “And they believed the scripture and the
word that Jesus had spoken.” John 2:13-22
“The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to
Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and
doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a
whip out of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the
sheep and cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money
changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling
the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s
house a marketplace!’ His disciples remembered that it was written,
‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him,
‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them,
‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews

then said to him, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-
six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was

speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the
dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they
believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.” The
disciples found the wisdom and power of God in their Lord Jesus.