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And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” 1 Cor. 2:1-2

Sometimes we hesitate to talk about the gospel to our friends or family, or anyone else, because we think we need the right words. Maybe we won’t be able to answer their questions. Maybe we are concerned about our own weak witness to what we claim to profess. Maybe we’re afraid of what someone will think.

Paul didn’t worry about any of that. He tells the Corinthians he didn’t show up with a bunch of lofty speech or self-proclaimed wisdom. He just decided. Did he decide he’d have to know everything about life and faith? Nope. Did he decide he’d have to be able to answer every question or argument? Nope. He decided to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. That’s it. Know who Jesus is and why He died (which leads to the full gospel about sin, redemption, sanctification, and eternal life).

Paul said, “I know Jesus, and I know why He died.” That’s enough. Paul was a learned man (check his “credentials” in Phil. 3, but take note of how he adds up his gain/loss column) but he trusted the Holy Spirit for the right words and the right witness. Sometimes I feel totally inadequate to witness to Jesus and talk about the gospel, and then I’m encouraged by Paul’s words. He decided. He just resolved to do it.

So … let’s decide today. Know Jesus? Check? Know why He was crucified? Check. Paul says we’re good to go. Let’s go.

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Wait For It

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” Habakkuk 2:3

The Old Testament prophets knew a little something about waiting. For the likes of Habakkuk and Malachi, the Israelites had returned to their promised land from exile, but not in the glory that they once existed. Having given themselves away to the pagan practices of their neighbors, they were relegated to existing as a small colony inside the might empire of Persia. The Israelites were confused because they thought they had repented, but the prophets knew better- it would take an Elijah-era- like act of God to restore the glory of Israel, and that was not happening without true repentance.

And yet God had a plan. He told Habakkuk to trust in His promise, because the promises of the Lord are never broken. He told his prophets that it would come on His timing, and that they should want it no other way, knowing that God’s timing is the best timing. God never stopped loving His people even when they stopped loving Him, so the assurance rang true- the time was coming.

It is possible that you have been waiting on the Lord for what seems like a long time. Maybe you expected that job offer or promotion to come through by now. Perhaps you were expecting reprieve from your illness or pain, or salvation for you loved ones. This week, pray that God would help you realign your timing with His. He is working.

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