When reading this verse, I had this image of a male body builder. Walking by the magazines at the grocery store, perfectly chiseled images appear on almost every cover…with the exception of maybe “Quilting Monthly.” Muscles are attractive. Muscles imply health and strength of an individual.
In this verse, Paul give this image of comparing human wisdom to strength, and how weak we are compared to God. I have teeny tiny wisdom muscles compared to God’s super ripped 8-pack wisdom muscles.
Our wisdom and understanding of life and God’s plan is so small. Trying to understand His infinite wisdom is “seeming absurd”
But how do we get wisdom muscles? How do we strengthen our mind in His wisdom?
1. Daily excerise….Jesus-Crossfit….Jesuscise…..God’s Gym…..24 Hour God-ness
“Exercise daily in God — no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever.” (1 Timothy 4:7msg) Exercising daily in our relationship with Jesus produces spiritual muscles. Reading the Bible, attending Bible studies, praying…these all help rid “spiritual flabbiness.”
2. Ask for it!
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God who gives it generously.” (James 1:5) Seriously. Ask. God gives “perfect gifts” (James 1:17) to His children and wisdom is something, well, WISE to ask for.
3. Trust and rely on God as our “spotter”
When lifting heavy weights, often a person asks for the help of a spotter. Heavy weights hurt or can seriously injure a person if they drop on their chest during a rep. A spotter is there to aid the person lifting. When they get tired and they muscles give way, the spotter can help lift the bar back to a safe position. It saves the person lifting from having the bar falling straight onto their chest. God says: “Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:9) but He never said “do it alone.” Trust God to be your spotter when the “lifting” gets tough and your muscles give way. Jesus can handle our worries, fears, doubts, and hard times in life. (Matthew 11:30, 1 Peter 5:7)
Following the path,
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