“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9
God does what is best. Therefore, we walk by faith and not by answers that give us understanding.
-Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from Sunday Morning Sermon “The Rest of Your Time in the Flesh” from 1 Peter 4:1-6)
” He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” -1 Peter 2:24-25
“The more we grow in understanding of the cross of Christ, the more we will grow in appreciation for the love of Christ.” -Pastor Steve Wainright (excerpt from 04/03/2022 Sunday Evening Sermon “Contemplating the Cross” from 1 Peter 2:24-25)
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. -1 Corinthians 1:19
This verse is a threatening so far as the worldly wise are concerned, but to the simple believer it is a promise. The professedly learned are forever trying to bring to nothing the faith of the humble believer, but they fail in their attempts. Their arguments break down, their theories fall under their own weight, their deep-laid plots discover themselves before their purpose is accomplished. The old gospel is not extinct yet, nor will it be while the Lord liveth. If it could have been exterminated, it would have perished from off the earth long ago.
We cannot destroy the wisdom of the wise, nor need we attempt it, for the work is in far better hands. The Lord Himself says, “I will,” and He never resolves in vain. Twice does He in this verse declare His purpose, and we may rest assured that He will not turn aside from it.
What clean work the Lord makes of philosophy and “modern thought” when He puts His hand to it! He brings the fine appearance down to nothing; He utterly destroys the wood, hay, and stubble. It is written that so it shall be, and so shall it be. Lord, make short work of it. Amen, and amen.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, August 24 entry]