Monday, January 7, 2008


"But Lord," Gideon asked, "how can I save Israel ? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family."

If we were to make a list of common reactions to God’s call, this would have to be the most frequently used – “Who me? I’m nobody, Lord. You need to pick someone who is strong… well known… capable… on top of the heap. I can’t do anything like what you’re asking me to do!”

What we all fail to realize is that the Lord always chooses the least likely person – least likely in the eyes of the world, that is. Why? So that He can be glorified! Look at Moses, and Jacob, and Paul, and Peter. Look at the way Jesus came into the world – not as the eldest son in a prominent family, but as the child of a carpenter, born in a stable in an obscure little country town. And look at the nation of Israel . Human logic would say that this small, weak band of nomads would be the least likely to be chosen as God’s people. The Philistines or the Egyptians would have been a much more "logical" choice. But God chooses the least and makes it the greatest. Why? So that the world will realize who is in charge!

"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.." 1 Corinthians 1:27-29

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