1st Corinthians Chapter 7

Read 1st Corinthians 7 here.

When I was in kindergarten our school did a Christmas musical right before the holiday break. I remember a few vivid images from that musical. I can still see my grandfather sitting in the audience plan as day. His beige, felt Stetson cowboy hat, a staple issue for any Texas businessman back in the day, drew my eyes right to the center of the auditorium crowd. I remember wearing a red bell costume sprinkled with glitter. I think that costume is why I am fundamentally opposed to glitter to this day. I remember my mom directing our kindergarten class because our teacher quit without warning that night. Most of all I remember singing Silver Bells.

Perhaps no Christmas song captures the American Christmas season better. Busy sidewalks all dressed up with Christmas décor while people scuttle about rushing to buy the perfect gift, string the perfect lights to celebrate Santa’s big day. If you can hear above the noise, you might even hear the silver bells ringing. If you can hear above the noise, you may hear their announcement that Christmas is coming.

In 1st Corinthians 7, Paul reflects on all the things that create hustle in our lives. Romantic relationships, desire, sex, and social status all find way into Paul’s reflection being distracted in our relationship with God. Of particular note, Paul drills down on marriage.

Marriage, status, desire, sexual tension can all create distractions. However, if like the on-lookers in the song, we can hear above the distraction, there are whispers of something greater that is coming. The struggles within each of those contexts actually become sign posts to God’s greater love over us. The sign post is not the destination. Yet, the incompleteness that each of those areas brings to my life affirms the want and need of something greater.

Regardless of what your situation may be, even if you cannot change it, even if it is a so-called “difficult marriage” or an unfilled desire or you have “limited means”, remember that God meets you right where you are and is able to fill your life with love and joy and peace despite the struggles.

Pause the hustle and bustle of the season. Pause the anxiety of 2020. Listen above the crowded the spaces and noise to hear the Spirit of God whisper, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

  • Which kind of distraction creates the most noise in your soul?
  • What would peace look like for you in that situation?
  • How do you sense God is working to meet you where you are regarding that space?

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