June 9, 2017: Counsel Provided
1 Corinthians 1:21 (NIV)
21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.
1 Corinthians 2:1-5 (NIV)
1 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,
5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
I think we have our answer don’t you Ruth?” asked her husband. Dr. Williams was not only wise in the ways of modern medicine but he had an exceptional gift of being able to take passages of Scripture and see how they could provide guidance in almost every circumstance.
Ruth was extremely curious to know what was written in Becki’s journal. “Honey, think what we could have to defend you if we find something incriminating about Becki and her pals. This could be the way God meant for us to defend ourselves. What are the chances that we would be walking in this remote place and at the same time find a journal of our worst accuser on campus? This cannot be a coincidence. This must mean that this is from God.” Routh argued, though she already knew the answer in her spirit.
No, we cannot do this. To have such personal knowledge of Becki would do us no good. Our God knows Becki better than we do and he has not chosen to inform us about her private life.
Ruth protested, “But he has right here. We have what we need to protect ourselves from her attacks, Ruth argued her case once more but not with as much energy as before.
“Dear One,” Dr. Williams looked toward his wife wanting her to answer.
We could expose all her lies and half-truths and all of her plans to destroy us with false evidence. We could win our case handily if we used this evidence.” Ruth said, as the words came out of her mouth she knew the answer.
“And just exactly how would that be a picture of the gospel to her, my Dear Ruth?”
“Well we could expose all of her sins for everyone to see and they would then see our innocence in light of our accuser’s false claims.” Ruth was shocked at the words that came out of her mouth. “O my, I guess I am not near what I claim to be in my following our Lord, huh?” She looked up at her husband who gently put his arm around her and pulled her close. “
“Aren’t you glad that Jesus does not broadcast your sins on the campus public address system for all to hear? I think we have just been given a clear picture of what the gospel has to be for Becki Wilson.”
For the next several minutes the Williams were embraced by the Holy Spirit as they had been given a beautiful illustration of what the gospel is for all who will trust in Christ. The rest of the day they spent walking in silence enjoying the presence of God and marveling at his handiwork even in the midst of a fallen world.
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Back at campus in the women’s dormitory
Does anyone know where I put my journal? She looked at her roommate with wishful eyes. She knew what those pages contained. If those words were ever made public she would be exposed for the true hypocrite she was.
No one offered any knowledge as to the whereabouts of her journal. The pleasure she had yesterday in her pursuit of the things of this world were now only distant memories. They were replaced by the fear of being found out. Becki could not think of anything else but to locate her journal.
Her fear of being found out would cause her to make some rather dangerous choices in the next few days.