Foolishness and Weakness

Do you feel ostracized? Do others look down on you? Do you think of yourself as being weak? Do you consider your intelligence lacking? Do you feel as though no one listens to you? Have you decided to accept God’s wisdom?

We interact with people with all types of knowledge, skills, and abilities in this life. Each person is good at some things and not so good at others. Some are athletes, others musicians. Some are strategists, others laborers. Some think logically, others think emotionally.

God has gifted each person with abilities. Those abilities may be hidden, needing to be discovered by the individual. Due to the influence of our culture, many will attempt to do something they are not skilled at. They strive for a job that is prestigious or will make them lots of money. Often, they struggle, are disappointed, and ultimately fail. They are pursuing something they are not gifted to do by God.

We may not be the smartest, most influential person in the company we work for. We may not be born into an upper-class family. We may think we cannot be used by God. Yet, God’s wisdom uses those who believe in Him and follow His Son, Jesus Christ. He works through their weakness. He grants them the knowledge and wisdom needed to accomplish His plan. He raises those who follow Him to the place He wants them to be.

Our task is to ask God for His wisdom and follow His plan. As we lean on God to provide us with what we need, we experience Him in ways the more gifted do not. We encounter God through small miracles, seeing Him provide exactly what is needed at exactly the moment it is needed.

By leaning on God to provide us with insight for making decisions, we make better decisions. We experience His guidance. Our faith increases as we experience Him. Ultimately, we experience the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10).

I pray we all recognized the abilities God has blessed us with. I pray we lean on God. I pray each one of us experiences an abundant life.  Ask God for wisdom. Recognize His blessings. Rely on God. Experience God working in your life. Trust God. Increase your faith.

1 Corinthians 1:26-27 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 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.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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