The Word of God sits open upon my lap. I stare at the lines with eyes that are glazed over. Slowly I read each sentence, trying to soak in what the apostle is saying. These words are difficult to understand. My brain does not process them easily. I open laptop and look up several commentaries.
Father, why is this so hard? I love your book of love letters. The words of mercy and truth, righteousness and peace that are contained within the pages of this ancient book. I am seeking to find the truth. Yet here I read of divisions, sexual immorality, lawsuits, idol feasts, warnings to your people –corrective words directed to your church. There are instructions here, given to the Corinthian body of believers. They sound like words that need to be heeded in today.
“…you do not lack any spiritual gift…He will keep you strong to the end…preach Christ crucified…the power and wisdom of God…” snippets of Scripture 1 Corinthians 1:7,8,23,24
Father, reveal through your Spirit, the deep things of your word. Father, your secret wisdom that was hidden, but has now been revealed – the power of the cross of Christ. Spirit of God help me understand the truth of what you have freely given. (from 1 Corinthians 2:10, 7,12)
I will continue to sit with the Word of God open upon my lap and laptop handy. Until the truth soaks deep into the crevices of my heart. Until the meanings are clear and I am changed by Christ’s power at work in me.