September 2013

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

In my hometown there was a school which had a very peculiar way of selecting and recruiting students to their school. I have heard that they even go to the house of the toppers of other school in their 10th grade and convince them to join their school. Very strange, isn’t it? We would have witnessed these kinds of incidents in academic institutions and organisations. The world is very competitive and we are have been warned by the society that only the best prevails and be the best. Only those who are intelligent and strong will survive is the reality in which we live these days. But the nature of God is totally different from how we humans think. That’s why he said, “my ways aren’t your ways, and my plans aren’t your plans”. Throughout the Bible, God justifies this nature of His and especially the above verse very clearly. He always chose the “other ‘wise’,” he always chose the one which didn’t look best in man’s eyes, and he changed those foolish, weak people in to people of influence when they submitted themselves to his sovereign authority. He chose the stammering Moses against the mighty pharaoh and Moses prevailed against him because God was with him. He chose the people of Israel who were weak because of being under slavery for four hundred years to prevail against the mighty Egyptians. He chose David, the least in his family amidst the valiant brothers. He chose the small village of Bethlehem. He chose Nazareth where nothing good had come before. He chose ordinary fishermen to challenge wisest of the then world to propagate the greatest event in human history. He chose a less reputed donkey over a majestic horse. And He is still searching for those foolish, weak and rejected in the eyes of people to do His work through them, when they humbly submit. He is not a man to look out for the best, but the God who look out for the least. Isn’t He the one who showed little children as an example for us to follow? God can even make the stones talk, but the truth is that we truly need him. It doesn’t mean that you don’t have to be intelligent for God to choose you. It means to be humble before Him knowing His sovereign power to use us, and that’s what He taught a lesson to pharaoh who was thinking that his power is above everything. He failed to realize that it was God who put him there in the first place. He learnt the lesson when he was overcome by weak people who put their trust in God. You might look weak, foolish and rejected in people’s eyes. Don’t lose heart, and submit unto God. He has the reputation of making the rejected stone the chief corner stone!!!

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