Simple -Not Easy- Obedience
For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1: 26-27 ESV)
Years ago, when I was in High School (okay, so perhaps I should say decades ago) I was asked by my English Lit teacher to expound on a passage from the Old Testament in our English Literature textbook. Now I didn’t attend a Christian school. This was a public school in the suburbs and I was given no warning at all. His comment was that He as an unbeliever would not do the passage justice. I thought it was incredibly unfair to not give me preparation time! But I took the textbook and prayed as I made my way to the front of the class.
I think it may have been Isaiah 53. I recall drawing on the chalkboard (we didn’t have white boards yet) and explaining the old covenant of the lamb, then Christ being the Lamb of God and bringing salvation once and for all. It was a supernatural lesson that God poured out of me that day. I went home in wonder that He brought so many Sunday school lessons to mind in the heat of the spontaneous moment.
While the Lord held me in his hand that afternoon and spoke His truth into the teens – and maybe even the teacher – there was one face that I avoided making contact with: the pastor’s daughter sitting in the front row. She was incredulous that I was chosen to teach and not her.
But here’s the thing. Sometimes the person God chooses to use is not the most obvious choice. Sometimes He taps the weakest link on the shoulder and calls them to the front lines to play . . . like me . . . a third stringer brought to front and center without any warning. For in our weakness and lack of ability, God is glorified even more.
We aren’t to question why, or to argue, but to take on whatever He’s asked us to do . . . or not do . . . even if inside we are crying out that it’s not fair.
Father, I thank You that You have called the weak to confound the wise. Help us to walk through our journey drawing on Your strength and wisdom and not on our own, that our lives would be lived out to glorify and honor You. Amen!
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