What I Read Today;

Genesis 49-50; Psalm 17; Matthew 17; 1 Corinthians 1

Something hit me this morning as I was reading 1 Corinthians 1.  I always focus on Paul’s message to the Corinthians as being a Pastoral chew out session.  For most of the book, Paul is dressing down the Corinthians for infighting, sexual sin, and other problems.

But this morning, it hit me that in the very first section of the book, Paul gives the solution to the problem.  It surprised me when I realized what Paul was really saying.

In Verse 4, Paul starts out with Grace.  Grace is the gift that God has given that destroys all of our problems.  It wipes out our guilt and shame in one fell swoop.  It is the gift that Jesus freely provides for us.  It strengthens us, kills our despair, and sets us on a path towards God.

In Verse 5, Paul tells us that we have been enriched.  Webster’s dictionary defines the word, Enrich this way:

“to make rich or richer especially by the addition or increase of some desirable quality, attribute, or ingredient” Websters Dictionary

Not only has God given us Grace, he then enriches our lives.  We can now see the beauty around us in our world.  We can now see other people as children of the living God.  We can now live with joy, knowing that our Savior has paid the price for us.  He has ransomed us from the dead.  We can live a full life, knowing that this world is not the end.  It is only the beginning.

In Verse 6, Paul tells us that we have been strengthened by God.  In those moments of weakness, it is no longer our strength that gets us through.  It is God’s strength as he carries us through the challenges of this world.  We no longer have to be able to run the marathon ourselves because God is lifting us up and helping us over each and every hill.

In Verse 7, Paul tells us that we have already received gifts from God.  He has poured out spiritual Gifts on each one of us.  He has given us the gifts we will need to be a blessing to the world around us.

In Verse 8, Paul tells us that we have this as a promise from God.  God has promised that he will get us to the end.  God will carry us across the finish line.  He won’t let anything get in our way as we move forward in this life.

In Verse 9, Paul concludes by tellings us that God is faithful.  He keeps his word.  God can’t lie because that is against his very nature.  He called us and will never let us fall out of fellowship with our Lord Jesus Christ.

No matter what our problems and our difficulties, God is faithful.  He is our protector and our Savior.  He is the one who will be with us now and every day throughout our lives.

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