BOASTING IN THE LORD
“For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
If you have ever worried that you are not influential enough to spread His word, fret not. Scripture has proven that He chooses the weak, feeble, and unskilled to do His work.
David, who was much smaller in stature, was able to defeat the giant, Goliath because he placed his faith in the Lord. Saul, who was once a Christian persecutor, was hand-picked by the Lord. He turned into Paul, who became one of the church’s greatest leaders. Time and time again, God has shown that his power and strength manifests best in common people.
David proclaimed, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel.”
When David put his faith in God, Goliath no longer became a giant. He was merely a man going against David’s Almighty Father.
Saul was famous for persecuting God and His people. On his road to Damascus, God spoke to Saul in a blinding light. He lost his sight soon after and could not eat for three days. Before he could be used as the Lord’s instrument, he had to be humbled down and emptied of his worldly knowledge.
Paul was only able to truly see again and lead His people, when God blessed him, through Ananias of Damascus:
“Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.”
Mortal Heart for God
God’s choice is not dependent on physical beauty, achievements, talents, or riches. He chooses the humble, weak, and sick exactly because of their inabilities; so that no one will doubt where their strength and ability comes from.
He is the Great Provider.
He is the Everlasting Father.
He is God.
And He looks only into the heart. If you have a heart for Jesus, then that is enough. All the Lord asks of you is complete surrender and belief in Him.
If God can use David and Paul, He can use you to bring people closer to His Kingdom, too!
What other instances in the Bible was He made perfect in man’s weakness? What about in today’s world – in which current events have you seen God rise up from imperfection? How about in your life – how has He manifested through your shortcomings?