It’s all opposite. Backward. Wrong.
It is the foolish He uses to shame the wise.
It is the weak He uses to shame the strong.
He chooses the despised, the things that are “not.”
He asks us to serve out of our weaknesses, for it is His power that is made perfect in weakness.
He promised a child, then made that promise look impossible from every human standpoint, before bringing the promise to fruition.
He hardened Pharoh’s heart over and over again, made the Israelite’s escape and rescue look impossible, before rescuing his children through a jaw dropping miracle.
Oh ya, and He asked a guy really bad at speaking to persuade a divinely hardened heart.
He made a promise that involved authority and rulership, and then made that promise look impossible through slavery and two years in prison, before causing the promise to become reality.
He turned one of the greatest persecutors of the Church into one of the greatest apostles of all time, who eventually wrote most of the New Testament.
He used a virgin to birth the Son of God. He sent a King cloaked as a lowly man from the home of a mere carpenter to save a universe damned to Hell through a humiliating and degrading death on a cross.
It’s through the most painful circumstances that He teaches the greatest lessons.
It is our enemies that we are commanded to love.
It’s the meek that will inherit the kingdom.
It is through surrender that there is freedom.
It is through death that there is life.
His ways are not our ways. His thoughts not our thoughts.
Because it is through our weakness, through our sin, through our pain, through our failings, through our worst character traits, through our greatest deficiencies, through the worst of circumstances, that He displays His power, that He is glorified. That it becomes clear that it is not man who should be glorified, but God. It is not man who works for himself, but God who works for him.
For it is not the mouth that speaks that is powerful, but that gospel, that grace, that is powerful. (Remember Moses?)
It penetrates even the haziest of drunk stupors, the darkest anger, the deepest pits, the coldest dampest jail cells, the hardest hearts, the worst of sinners.
So we don’t see human ability, but divine ability.
So we are not awed by human wisdom, but by God’s.
So our hearts do not long to worship man, but the sovereign, holy, just, merciful, gracious, and loving God that is alone deserving of our bowed head, soul-prostate worship.
So we might truly know the vast power and depth of the beauty of Jesus Christ.
For in human weakness, in human failings, in finite ability, it is Jesus Christ that is magnified. It is Jesus Christ that is glorified. So that our faith might rest not on the wisdom of man, but on the power of God.
So that no. one. may. boast.
The world screams we can do anything we set our minds to, that whatever we want, we can achieve; yet, in the Kingdom, it is through humility, obedience, and reliance on the Spirit that He works His wonder. It is through death of self that we really truly live.
It is the least of these that are saved, used, and lifted high so the greatest One might be glorified.
So that your faith might rest on the power of God (alone).
That we might know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
For this, this is a true mercy.
“And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words or wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
(By the way, it was that great church persecutor that wrote that. Amazing huh?)
How has He shown himself alone to be worthy of praise through the most opposite way you would have ever imagined? How has he used you in spite of yourself, your weakness, your failing?
(Thank you for reading.)