Boast In the Lord

Wednesday moring I read 1 Corinthians 1-2. I am continually amazed at the freshness of God’s Word. It never grows old, it is TIMELESS!

Paul challenges the church in Corinthians to examine their call. “Not many are wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth. Instead, God has chosen the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the strong. God has chosen the world’s insignificant and despised things- the things viewed as nothing- so He might bring to nothing the things that are viewed as something, so that no one can boast in His presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:26-29, HCSB)

This passage takes me to one of my life passages, Judges 6, where the angel of the Lord speaks to Gideon. Gideon declares that his family is the weakest and he was the youngest in his family (Judges 6:15). That was how I felt 12 years ago. When the Lord called me to be a missionary, I declared that my family is the weakest and I am the youngest, so who am I that the Lord can use me.

However, we see in this passage that Paul was saying that it is not the wisest in human perspective that God chooses to use, not the noblest, nor the powerful. That is the beauty in how God works. It is usually just the opposite of how our human mind thinks. Why is that? Paul tells us in verse 29 it is so that no one can boast in the Lord’s presence.

So, never underestimate who or what God can use. Many times we can not even begin to comprehend how God will work. Be marveled, be amazed. However, touch not the Glory of God, boast only in Him.