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“For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,” (1 Corinthians 1:26-27)

You have been called by God to come into His presence and dwell with Him.  The calling is by grace, for no one has earned the right to stand before the Lord.  The world thinks in terms of merit, but grace is a gift God gives.  The Lord knows this world is in rebellion and has answered that rebellion with an invitation that calls you by grace to come dwell with Him forever.

Lord, the world does resist Your offer of grace.  They do call it foolish, but You have shown that You chose to do this to exhibit Your superior wisdom.  Help me to move beyond such things that I may now and always look to You for strength and wisdom.  Let me not be hindered by the names the world gives to Your faithful ones, but trust in Your Word alone which abides forever.  Lead me ever deeper into Your wisdom.

Lord Jesus, You have come to lead the way.  You demonstrated humility, meekness, and kindness to us all.  Help me to follow Your example and be bold in this faith You have given me.  Guide me according to the Father’s will that I may humbly walk with You.  No matter what those around me say, help me to live into the hope You give in the promise of grace and mercy.  Amen.