“God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong” (1 Corinthians 1:27).

God’s ways are not our ways. We know it. We’ve heard it before. But in 1 Cor. 1:27, St. Paul gives us the prime example. God chooses to work through weak, insignificant people to do powerful, lasting things.

God chose an elderly, barren, and pagan couple to birth His family of faith (Genesis 12). God chose the kid watching the sheep as king and shepherd for Israel (1 Samuel 16). God chose a teenager from tiny Nazareth to be the mother of His one and only Son (Luke 1). God chose a stammering ex-Pharisee as His chief missionary (Acts 9).

Over and over, God chooses to work through weakness. Nowhere is this more apparent than the cross. God achieves eternal life through His own torturous death. God responds to the suffering of this broken world by undergoing the worst spiritual and physical suffering of all.

The Christian’s strength is not from within. Our strength is Christ crucified.

Jesus, make me strong through depending on You. Amen. 


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