February 26

Psalm 56; Psalm 57; Psalm 58; Psalm 64; Psalm 65;
Genesis 41:46-57
; 1 Corinthians 4:8-20(21); Mark 3:7-19a

We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are wise in Christ. 
1 Corinthians 4:10

Dan Brown the author of the Da Vinci Code has a fifth best seller in his series of science fiction mystery thrillers, Origin. The plot of Origin is based on an atheist’s quest to “scientifically” answer the questions: Where did we come from? and Where are we going? The character wants to disprove a Creator because he blames religion for his mother’s death. He strives to make believers appear foolish. However, Brown’s protagonist is wise enough to wonder.

I am glad that I read this book because I was provoked to think, read scripture and pray. In conversations with nonbeliever colleagues, I often say, “When you know what was before the beginning, what will be after the end, I will be ready to listen.” During Lent as we prepare to celebrate the greatest miracle, resurrection, may we rejoice in being fools for the sake of Christ and wise in Christ.

This devotional is not a book review. It is a report of how one reader, given the guidance of the Holy Spirit, was able to grow and feel his faith strengthen by considering the fictional attack on the concept of a Creator. I had reinforced the idea that believers must be aware that science cannot answer the questions of the origin of life or our destiny. Lent is a good time for us to study, pray, and give thanks that although in the eyes of some we are foolish, we are wise enough to give thanks that we are saved from the consequences of our sins.

PRAY: “I believe; help my unbelief!” Mark 9:24