We have been reflecting on how the Apostle Paul warns us against following clever people or anyone for that matter other than Jesus. He makes the point again in chapter 2 that he is relying on the Holy Spirit and that his message is all about Jesus and Him crucified.
‘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. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words
of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.’ 1 Corinthians 2:1-5, ESV.
Paul clarifies his trust in Jesus by saying that there is a natural way of looking at things and a spiritual way.
‘The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually
discerned. The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.’ 1 Corinthians 2:14-16.
The present times are not easy but may we learn to rely on God’s leading in the days ahead. When all seems hopeless remember that God has an eternal hope for us that we can rely on.