How: Day 4 Reflections
1 Corinthians 2:7-16
7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[a]—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.[b] 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”[c]
But we have the mind of Christ.
What parts of “God’s wisdom” are hard for you to understand?
Why do you think some truths about God are still mystery to us? Why is mystery a part of our faith?
Which of your human traits sometimes get in your way as you try to understand and follow God?
What have you learned about God that you know in your heart is true but you cannot explain rationally? Are you comfortable With truths you cannot explain?
Rest in the presence of Mystery. Without asking for understanding, welcome God. acknowledge that you cannot understand, and simply sit With God in silence.
Pray a breath prayer.
For a breath prayer until your next time of reflection, consider praying, “God of Mystery, welcome.”