Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014 “Fascinating”

But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Corinthians 1:27)

Good Morning Friends In Christ!

I wonder if any of you would call yourselves “Trekkies”?  Trekkies are fans of the show “Star Trek” and its many spin-off television and movie productions. One of the characters that has endured through its many spin-offs, be they television or motion pictures, is Spock of the fictional planet Vulcan. Spock (who has an unpronounceable last name) is known for his strength, loyalty, but particularly for his application of logic to virtually every situation as it comes to problem-solving. Now logic is a great thing and it often serves Spock well in the show. But there are times when intuition and gut-feeling prove to be of more value to addressing a dilemma than logic, as Spock comes to learn. That which seems “foolish”, even dangerously risky, is often the better choice. Logic alone can only take you so far, and can, at times, even be used by the Enemy as a weapon against faith. When Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness, Satan used logic to try to persuade the Lord to do things that seemed quite reasonable, but would, in fact, lead to his downfall. “You’re hungry…you have the power to change these stones to bread. Go ahead. No one else is around. Do it. You know you want to. It’ll give you strength for what lies ahead.”  Logical, yes, but false at its core. The other temptations were just as logically sound, but equally deceptive, and Christ would not yield.

As “the Word of the Cross”  began to be proclaimed by the followers of Christ, it, too, sounded totally illogical. To think that God would become a mortal man..die a criminal’s shameful death…and then come back to life was the height of illogical thinking in the minds of many. But to those who were being saved , it represented the power of God, for as Paul said, “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”  Christian author Oswald Chambers wrote this about the illogical nature of prayer. He said :

“Prayer is not logical, it is a mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit.” 

Think about it. When you are praying, God is not ‘visible” to you physically. You can not reach out and touch Him. He does not usually audibly respond to you. It seems totally illogical. The skeptic would attribute it to foolish wishful thinking. But to those who believe…to know and have experienced the power of answered prayer, it is totally logical, albeit mysterious, for as we pray, we are not alone. The Holy Spirit is praying with us and for us. As Spock would say with his eyebrow raised...”Fascinating”! Let’s pray!

Wise and Wonderful are Your ways, O Lord…beyond our imagining. In our heart of hearts we know and believe You hear every prayer we utter, and even those unspoken! What a great blessing it is that the mysterious moral working of the Holy Spirit is evident in that time spent with You in prayer. Holy and glorious is Your name. Thank you for the privilege of prayer, which we gladly make this day in Jesus’ blessed and Holy Name. Amen!

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