God Hath Chosen
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: ~1 Corinthians 1:27-28
One of my favorite Bible statements is, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.” God delights in doing things for us, through us, and in us that just do not make sense to conventional human wisdom. Human wisdom has as its foundation in human reasoning, human pride, and selfish appeasement. It is a foundation that is shaky and unstable, and it eventually crumbles. The greatest things accomplished in the world are not the technological devices that make human life easier, but rather, the things that God has done to demonstrate and prove that He alone is God. Our devotion this morning centers on what happens when God is in it.
We see how God chose a stick.
God used a shepherd’s rod to validate His power and the leadership of His servant, Moses. That rod was nothing by itself. But once God chose to use it through Moses, many mighty things were done by God. It validated God’s superiority over the idols worshiped by Egypt. It was held over the Red Sea as the children of Israel saw it opened for them to pass through. It was the instrument that touched a rock, and water came forth to meet the needs of the people. It was held up by Moses as the people went to war with Amalek. As long as that rod was held high, the people prevailed. It was the means of healing and deliverance during the time when God sent fiery serpents among the people to chasten them for their unbelief. God uses things that are weak, base, and despised. Little is much when God is in it!
We see how God chose a sling and a stone.
God used a young shepherd lad with only a sling and five smooth stones in his scrip to defeat a horrible, nine-feet-tall giant champion named Goliath. Goliath has the size, the experience, the army, and the weapons to defeat a conventional human army. However, against the God of Heaven, he was no match. It was God who directed the stone slung out of the sling to find its mark in the forehead of this giant and soundly defeated him. God uses things that are base, weak, and despised. Little is much when God is in it!
We see how God chose a snack.
God used a little lad’s snack: five small fishes and two small barley loaves to feed a multitude that could have numbered up to 15,000 people. It was the simple, peasant lunch of a little boy who saw the need and donated it to the Lord Jesus. It proved without a shadow of doubt that God can use the resources that we place into His hand far better than we can. It proved that God can multiply our donations much more than we can on our own. He uses the base, weak, and despised things of the world. Little is much when God is in it!
We see how God chose His Son.
God used a pagan cross that His only begotten Son would be crucified upon as a criminal to die for the sins of the human race. He used the most horrible form of torture and suffering to have His sinless Son give Himself voluntarily and vicariously for our sins. Victory was accomplished that day when Jesus paid it all. The payment price for our salvation was paid in full when Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” He uses the base, the weak, and despised things of the world. Little is much when God is in it!
We see how God chose the surrendered.
God used unlearned men, but men who had been with Jesus, to spread the gospel message and establish the church planting momentum that exists today. From the world’s standpoint, these men should not have succeeded. But God used them to confound the wise, the mighty, and the strong.
Little is much when God is in it! Don’t despise the day of small things. Don’t discount anything that God chooses to use for His glory.
Have an available God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Kings 10-11
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