Diligently Seeking God and Righteousness
Read 1 Corinthians Chapter 1
1Co 1:22 Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, 23 but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.
Yesterday we looked at the idea that man finds whatever he diligently pursues. If a man looks for righteousness, he will find it. If he searches for evil, he will find it. If you will allow, we will qualify that lesson just a little bit. There are those who seek righteousness but are not willing to do so without reservation. As we seek God and His righteousness, we must not do so with preconceived notions of what we are looking for.
Paul said that the Jews looked for signs. The Jews would not believe in Jesus unless they were convinced through miraculous signs. There is great irony in that! Jesus presented many miraculous signs, yet they still did not believe. What can we draw from that? Their searching for righteousness was not done in sincerity. They wanted a Savior who fit the niche they had carved out and created for Him. But those who were sincerely seeking righteousness, willing to accept whatever truth they find, found it through Jesus Christ.
Greeks looked for wisdom. However, they did not look for Godly wisdom. They looked for a wisdom which corresponded to their finite understanding. If it could not be understood from their human standpoint, it was rejected.
Is not our world like that today? We have SSA men and women seeking a God who conforms to their description of who they want Him to be. They seek a God who will condone same-sex behaviors. We also have SSA men and women who will not believe because God’s wisdom does not compute in their limited minds. Two examples: “Surely God knows we were born this way. Surely God knows it is impossible to resist these urges.”
Our application is simple. As we seek righteousness, we must know that it is found only in God, Jesus His Son, and in His word. As we look into His truth, we will clearly see and obtain righteousness. Here is what we find:
1. We have none of our own.
2. We must rely on the righteousness of Jesus Christ. We are given His righteousness when we believe in Him.
3. We follow Him, willing to bend to His will and purpose for our lives.
4. We believe what He says about sin.
5. We strive for a sinless life even though we know it is beyond our abilities.
6. We seek to serve Him and serve others.
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.
Prayer: Again, Lord, we thank You for showing us the truth. We haven’t always liked what was revealed to us, but we believed and accepted it. Continue to work within us so that we will conform more each day to Your likeness. We are far from achieving that goal, but we continue to seek it and work out Your salvation in our lives. Thank You for Your promise, that we will find what we diligently seek.