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GOD USES THE WEAK
"He giveth power to the faint, and to
those that have no might ...He increaseth
strength " (Isa 40:29).
When God calls a person to become a
leader. He doesn't choose him on the basis
of how clever, talented or educated he may
be. In fact, these are things which God may
have to modify (or sometimes destroy)
before He can use us. The Bible says, " I will destroy the wisdom of the "wise and
bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent" (ICor 1:19).
The Apostle Paul says, "The foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the
weakness of God is stronger than men. For
ye see your calling, brethren, how that not
many wise men after the flesh, not many
mighty, not many noble, are called.
"But God hath chosen the foolish
things of this world to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of
the world to confound the things which are
mighty; And... things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which
are not, to bring to nought things that are ' '
(ICor 1:25-28). This is what the Apostle Paul is teaching us: Through our
weakness, our faltering, our failings, God reveals His wisdom. Through our
helplessness, God displays His power. His strength is made perfect in our
"Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because
of thine enemies, that thou mightest still [defeat/silence] the enemy and the
avenger" (Ps 8:2). God uses the
weak to destroy His enemies. That means
He can use you and me.
THE PEOPLE GOD CHOOSES
I am often astonished by the people God
chooses to do particular jobs.
For example. He sent Paul to the uncultured pagan Gentiles. Paul had studied the
Scriptures under Gamaliel (who was a
great master teacher of the Pharisees). As
a candidate for the Sanhedrin (a prestigious Jewish men's group who interpreted
the religious laws in Israel) Paul had to memorize and quote (without error) the first five books of the Old
(called the Pentateuch).
He was a Jew of
notable background and achievement.
From a human viewpoint, no one could
have been more suited to the task of evangelizing Jews than Paul. But to whom did God
send Paul to minister? Not to the cultured
Jews but to the ignorant and outcast peoples
called Gentiles. The Gentiles had little appreciation for Paul's great learning and his mastery of Jewish law.
All of Paul's natural strength, all his
education, cleverness and talent had to be
set aside. God had to strip it all away by
taking him to the desert of Arabia (like his
forefather Moses) and there divest him of
all those things he could have boasted in
(see Galatians 1:17; Philippians 3:4-8).
In that "...howling waste wilderness,
that land of deserts, pits, drought, and the
shadow of death where no man traveled or
lived... " (Jer 2:6), Paul learned his success
as a minister of Christ would only be
through laying down "all that was gain—
to count it loss — to gain Christ" (see
He learned to proclaim the gospel
"...not enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and
of power" (ICor 2:4).
To convince people that Jesus was their
Savior, Paul counted more on the Spirit
working miracles through him than he did
on his ability as an orator or preacher
(ICor 10:4;2 CorlO:10).We should do the
Though Peter opened the door of faith
to the Gentiles (Acts 10), he remained in
Jerusalem among the most elite Jews of the
Roman empire as "the apostle to the
Jews "(see Galatians 2:8). What qualified
Peter for this task? Certainly not great
academic achievement or education. The
Bible describes him as "... unlearned and
ignorant" (Acts 4:13). He was but a simple fisherman, yet God qualified him for the job by the power
of the Holy Spirit.