God’s Folly

Michael Beck

“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness” (1 Corinthians 1:23)

Paul knew what men thought of the gospel he preached. The cross is folly. Why? Why did God’s plan of salvation have to include the grisly death of His Son? Why did Jesus have to die? And beyond that – why does Jesus talk about us taking up our cross? Why? Why is a cross necessary in our lives? Who needs pain on a daily basis? Who wants that?

What parent bases their actions on what their children want and don’t want? “I don’t want a bath! I don’t want to eat! I don’t want to go to bed!” What doesn’t make sense to a child’s mind, and is contrary to what pleases them, is often the very thing a parent must do.

We know what we want. God knows what we need. Christ’s cross was necessary for our salvation. Our cross is necessary for our perfection. Like it or not.

“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men …” (1 Corinthians 1:25)

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.