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Power and Wisdom and Planting

I have a confession, the first couple of days of 2016 were not that great. I wrote about excitement and hope, and I felt all of that, but as the new year came I couldn’t shake a sadness, even a dread.

That may sound weird, but that’s the only way I can describe it. I tried to figure out where it might be coming from, but I could turn nothing up.

Sunday morning came and I was scheduled to lead worship. I honestly didn’t want to go and I still had no idea why! I set my alarm a little earlier the night before and told myself I had to spend time praying.

As I did, things came together (as they often do when in prayer). God illuminated 1 Corinthians 1:24-25 to me,

But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. (NLT)

The power of God and the wisdom of God.

This wasn’t my first time reading this, but it hit me hard. I began to celebrate the Christ as the power of God and the wisdom of God, and it felt as if two arms wrapped around me to infuse me with hope.

As I listened for His voice, my heart erupted with these words, “This is the year human strength will fail and human wisdom will fail.” I realized for me that had already happened. I had tried to figure it out. I had tried to move past hindrances and distractions, but it didn’t work.

Even God’s perceived weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. His “foolishness” is wiser than any human wisdom constructed by man.

vineyardIn the weeks leading up to 2016, God gave me a word for the year–planting. It was intriguing to me because I didn’t hear sowing, but planting. I had a picture of a vineyard and God giving pieces of it to plant in other areas, and He gave me further instruction along with it.

As I prayed on this in December, God led me to Isaiah 28 where the end of the chapter talks about the farmer having wisdom to know how to plant and harvest.

God instructs and directs the farmer
    in how best to manage the land. –Isaiah 28:26 (VOICE)

Divine strength. Divine wisdom. Both derived from Christ and relationship, intimacy, and union with Him. It all leads to an understanding of how to increase that which God has given by planting effectively.

The Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies,
    is the source of such wisdom.
    His advice is wonderful. –Isaiah 28:29 (VOICE)

For some reason, I can’t help but smile when I read, “His advice is wonderful.” He is the source of the wisdom you need to navigate your current situation and assignment. His strength is made perfect even in your weakness.

I believe it for me but also for you–this is a year of planting. May you be firmly planted in His strength and wisdom as you bring forth the garden of His delight everywhere you go.

How is your 2016 going so far? Do you have a word or directive for the year?

10 Comments

  1. What a great word for the year, Jason! May we all plant the seeds of God’s love and greatness in the lives of others. Blessings!

    • Thank you, Martha. 🙂 Blessings to you!

  2. I don’t have a word for this year. To be honest I’ve been too busy to even think about it. As my husband and I prayed the new year in, we thanked God for all He had brought us through and all the blessings He gave us in 2015. As we began thanking Him we were humbled by all the things He had done for us and through us. He is such a good God. So far this year, I’m feeling very thankful. I don’t know what God has in store for me and my family this year, but I look forward it. I will try and welcome all the things that come our way…even the pain and challenges.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts this year.
    God bless you and your family.

    • He is so good! I’m with you, TC. Thanks so much.

  3. Planting is a wonderful word!! So many things come to my mind, and I can hardly wait to see how God expands this word in your life this year. What will He plant in your heart? What will you plant in the lives of others? For sure, the Lord will grow the seeds…

    My word for 2016 is GRATEFUL. It’s not a word that comes naturally to me, so I just know that the Lord will be stretching me. And yes, a couple of days before the 1st, I was also hit with a deep spirit of discouragement and sadness. I felt downright grumpy. It felt like a heavy cloud had descended on me. I think it was truly an attack from the enemy, already at work in his efforts to steal my gratitude.

    So, as I posted this week, being grateful is going to be an interesting journey for me. At first, I will have to be intentional about it, making it a habit, until the Lord transforms me!

    May I GROW!!

    GOD BLESS!
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    • That’s a great word. Gratitude does such wonderful things in our lives. I look forward to seeing what God shows you and how it changes your perspective. It’s done amazing things in me over this last year. May we all grow! Thanks and God bless, Sharon.

  4. “This is the is the year human strength will fail.” Boy-howdy I can relate to that. Dad just died and the time and expense put us…well, never mind that, but thanks for spending time in prayer, listening to HIS Voice and passing along His Word. Christ. In our weakness HIS strength is made perfect. It’s a perfect time for Christ to be strong.
    Thank you.

    • Doug, so sorry for your loss. So glad you read and were encouraged. That’s what I want my life to be about. Thanks so much.

  5. God keeps speaking this word to me: REST. It’s nice to hear that, but it is accompanied by the awareness that I must rest while we have more to do than ever! I also heard that we will hear His voice more than ever! I am so thankful for His wisdom and direction!

    • Rest is a beautiful word! So important to live from the place of His rest--not that it’s easy. 🙂 Blessings to you. Thanks so much, Elaine.

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