In this season of social distancing for most, and extreme isolation for others, as we all try to fight for faith in the face of COVID-19, I decided to share one thought a day from my daily devotional time in the hope of strengthening other’s hands in God (1 Sam 23:16), and encouraging friends forward in faith. You can subscribe at the bottom of the page to receive an email for each new post, and feel free to come back daily and share with anyone who might find them beneficial.
I use a reading plan that has me reading a few chapters in different parts of the Scripture for every day of the week, and so each day’s content will be dictated by the required daily reading of that plan. I will focus in on one unit of thought rather than trying to address the full scope of the day’s reading. I am trusting God that He will speak from different parts of His Word, as He always does.
Saturday, March 21
Day’s Reading: 1 Corinthians 1-2
10 Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except his spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. — 1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (CSB)
I confess that I am struggling to think right and good thoughts in the midst of the tumult of COVID-19. The non-stop information isn’t making me any smarter, it is only making me more confused, and I find myself flip-flopping between thought patterns which are certain of utter and imminent oblivion one moment and then fully persuaded that we have all overreacted a little bit and everything will soon return to normal, the next. I don’t say this to be flippant with any of the good (and at times terrifying) data that is coming out on this pandemic. I am well aware of the seriousness of the situation, and I am tucked away in my home with my family to try and slow the spread, but I do struggle to find a sobriety of thought in the midst of it, especially a sobriety of thought that ought to be guided by faith.
In the opening couple of chapters of Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth I have found some remarkable promises. Paul, will of course go on to rebuke the Corinthians for their faulty thinking, and their errant practices which stem from that thinking, and a lot of that will have to do with how they use and abuse the gifts of the Holy Spirit. What is interesting to me though is that Paul doesn’t start by saying, “look you crazy Corinthians, you need to take it easy on the Spirit stuff. You need to dial that back.”
No. He starts by saying that because they are so radically loved and saved by God, they need to know that they have been every good gift of the Spirit that they need (1 Cor 1:7) and more than that, they need to know that they have actually been gifted a new way of thinking from the Spirit.
A way of wisdom.
A way to think like Jesus thinks.
A way to have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).
By the Spirit of God who is willing to reveal the truth of God’s work in the world to us.
Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. (v12)
I have always wanted to live through a revival where the Holy Spirit is richly poured out amongst His people in tangible and powerful ways. I must confess, that I have become so indoctrinated by our chosen methodologies (many of which are good and right, but some of which we really need to re-evaluate) that I assumed that this revival of God’s Spirit would happen in a large gathering, with all of our best Evangelical bells and whistles. But, what if God desires to pour His Spirit out into us in a powerful way while we cannot gather, and what if He needed to break down some of the ways that we think so that He could give us the mind of His Son to think and act in new ways?
Wouldn’t it be marvelous if God revived His people in the midst of a crisis while they were stuck at home and didn’t know what to think?
He knows what to think.
Let’s ask Him.
I am making it a routine while we are in this social distancing season to ask God daily to fill me with Holy Spirit and to give me the mind of Christ. I don’t know how to think well in this moment, but He does, and according to Paul, He is willing to share that with rebels like the Corinthians, and rebels like me.
If you are struggling with right thinking, then stop and pray. Really pray. Like, revival pray, that the Spirit would be poured out into you so that you might begin to understand the things freely given us by God.
Courage, dear friends.
God can help us to think.