Weak Made Strong

1 Corinthians 1:27-28 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

Our group descended on the river with loud shouts of excitement and chatter. Many set their amateur fishing lures scattering the area. The calm of the turquoise water, shaded with Texas Bald Cypress trees became bombarded with large river stones, the small girls threw in. 

“Ha!” I laughed, “No one’s ever going to catch anything with this much noise.” Pausing for a moment I continued, “Unless God wills it.” 

One by one, the girls who didn’t have fishing rods took turns with a $9 Walmart pole.

All of a sudden, a fish came wriggling on the hook. The 7yr old, small for her age and the smallest in the group, caught a fish!

“Ah, You did it again, Lord.” I thought. “God chooses to use the weak to shame the strong.” 

God definitely used this precious moment to remind me that nothing is done in His Kingdom without His hand. 

Jesus Himself said, “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19) Jesus who was God in the flesh, showed us how to be dependent on God for everything.

The context of today’s verse is, “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) 

See the wisdom of God contrary to mankind who set itself up against Him, constructing its own standard of wisdom. 

God turned an execution device, to kill the Son of God, into our salvation!

We should not suppose we can do anything outside of God’s will to achieve His purposes. God reminds us through Paul, we are nothing outside of God’s grace. For, “What do you have that you did not receive?” (1 Corinthians 4:7) As believers we all received God’s grace.

Speaking mostly to myself here, to be humble — Just because we stand strong on His message now, does not make us better than anyone who lacks the truth of God. Paul reminds us in this passage, the way of Christ’s followers is no more glamorous than the Master’s earthly life. We are to be fools for Christ; weak, dishonored, persecuted, slandered for Christ sake. Yet we distain none of it, for He who called us is worthy. (1 Corinthians 4:1-13)

I love the part where Paul invites us to ponder how we were, when Christ called us. “Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many of you were influential; not many were of noble birth.” I think back to my own coming to the Lord. He plucked me from an unbelieving family. He reached down to the younger sister to an older brother. I was definitely the ‘least wise’ from my family, not to mention knee-deep in sin. 

How many of us are discounted by the families we grew up in? How many of us are disregarded by work colleagues or those in our community? 

Yet we are not discounted by God. We are treasured. A humble heart is so useful to the Lord, even if He has to humble it first.

I pray you may be encouraged today, of how the Lord may use you for His kingdom.

Lord, how Your grace abounds toward us! We praise You for revealing to our hearts, Your marvelous plan of salvation, which makes no sense to human logic. You turned death on its head by dying in our place. Thank-You for showing us our weakness, and our need for dependance on You. May You always comfort us with this simple and sure hope. ~Amen.