Sunday, August 24, 2014

When the Weak Outrun the Strong

Now, this goes to follow with the story of David I just posted.
There's a verse in the Bible that I really think about a lot.
"But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of this world to shame the strong." - 1 Corinthians 1:27
A boy with a slingshot.
That's a foolish thing, I'd say.
A whole army of strong, grown men. And not a single one of them will attempt to fight. Not even the great King Saul, the king Israel begged to have. They hide; they cower from this giant.
Then comes a shepherd. With a slingshot. Apparently intent on suicide.
Yet he faces the giant when all the "strong" ones wouldn't.
And guess what?
He wins.

We have giants in our lives, in our worlds. We have things that terrify us. That comes out every single day to taunt us. "You can't beat me," it says. "You're weak. You're foolish. You can't do this."
And they're loud. They don't ever leave us alone.
We are terrified.
We cower and we shake and we run to hide.
Maybe it's something you want to tackle that's so much bigger than you. Maybe it's a lost friend. Maybe it's hunger in your city. Maybe it's abandoned children.
Those giants. The ones that are just so big that you feel there's no hope of ever making a difference.
So you hide. Or you put it off. "Let someone else try," you say. "I'm weak and I'm foolish."
Listen to me here.
Do you know why God uses the weak and the foolish?

If He used the strong, the watching world would say they overcame by their strength. If He used the wise, the watching world would say they overcame by their wisdom. When God uses the foolish and the weak, the watching world stands amazed.
Do you see it now?
There's a world watching. They can see our giants as clear as we can.
When a weak person stands up and takes their sling against a giant. people notice.
"What is that idiot doing?" they ask. "Don't they know who they are?"
They sing a different tune when the giant falls.
"How did he do that?" "Didn't she know that was impossible?"
This brings glory to God.
This is glorifying God, my friends.

Don't fear your giants.
Because, you never know.
Maybe yours is the stone that brings the giant down.
Maybe yours is the start of a volley to follow.
When we stand up, the watching world stands amazed.

Can't you see them now?
All those shaking warriors with jaws dropped, watching as an army of the weak, poor, and broken suddenly turns from lambs to lions.
This is when they see who leads us.
This is when they see our Christ.

Choose your stones. Load your sling. Know who stands beside you. Know the power that is in you. Know it is not from you, but from God.
Do not fear.

"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?" - Romans 8:31