A Highway to Nowhere
Basically, we are all headed somewhere, but where is somewhere? Is somewhere over the rainbow? Or is somewhere down the street. To those who don't know Jesus somewhere is the location of destruction and they are headed there. So the message of the cross is a stupid thought to them. Paul said it this way in 1 Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” It is amazing how the wisdom of this world seeks to cloud the issue of heaven and hell. But, we shouldn't be surprised when the arguments come out against anything that learned philosophers and scholars think. Because, you know. They are the pools for great wisdom. Not So!! We have begun to think as the Corinthians did and their search for knowledge and "higher" learning ran them right past the most obvious truth of all. Jesus. The learned men of Paul's day, like the ones of our day, missed the whole thing because it cannot be found through human wisdom. If we taint this truth with any human wisdom we discount the effectiveness of it and leave Jesus out of the conversation and that is tragic. Human reasoning leaves us with nothing and nowhere when it comes to a destination, A Highway to Nowhere, in their thinking. But in reality, they miss this also because there's is a highway to somewhere and that somewhere is destruction. In verses 20-23 scripture says 20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom.23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.
Whether Jew or Greek, both are missing the boat according to Paul in the above verses and the reason is that these things are figured out spiritually. God's Word is a spiritually inspired book of God's truth that is inerrant at its core. So to find out answers we must totally trust and follow it to a tee. Even as Christians our thinking has become so polluted that we combine our religious opinions about things with the pure Word of God and it just taints the depth of God's Word. There can be no side opinions when it comes to the Word of God because it is absolute. So when we totally begin to trust God's Word and follow it completely we begin to see things differently, or do we? We should see it differently and as Paul continues in verses 24-25 24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. Since Christ is the power of God when we receive Him by faith the power of God should be evident in our life and will be if we don't minimize it by thinking with human reasoning. It is truly possible to believe God and not believe in God!!
Sometimes stepping off into that way of thinking is scary, especially for religious Christians because their commitment is divided and weak and God's Word only applies in things they can explain and understand. Theirs is a weak, divided faith and they have convinced themselves so much that they are right in the way they live their lives that they create their own Bible. DANGEROUS. Paul continues on in verses 26-29 26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important.29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. All of this believing in God's Word as it is written is a major step forward in dependence on God and Him alone. This great reliance on God's Word has an impact on us and all who know us. This is the part of the sanctification process our old nature fights because it is a "tipping point" for everything we do. Look at what James said in James 1:5 If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.6 But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.7 Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.
It is easy to see God's ways in this great truth. If we allow human reasoning into the mix with God's word we will waver in our faith every time and the total faith of believing with an undivided heart and mind is compromised and weak. Breakaway from the pack and follow God's Word and live for Jesus ALONE and the impact will be life-changing for all. God's Word is a Highway to Somewhere and we need to follow His road map and no other road map, no matter what tendencies we have to doubt. We who know Jesus know where we are going don't we? Be sure and believe God's Word and not man's.
One day, when Vice President Calvin Coolidge was presiding over the Senate, one Senator angrily told another to go "straight to hell". The offended Senator complained to Coolidge as presiding officer, and Cal looked up from the book he had been leafing through while listening to the debate. "I've been looking through the rule book," he said. "you don't have to go."
The Pilgrimage continues....