Are You God’s Type?

Michael Beck

“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

We bemoan our lack of strength and smarts. We wish we had more energy and stamina so we could get more done. We wish our brains worked better so we could think more clearly, be more focused, and make greater progress toward our goals. Worse yet, as we grow older, we become more feeble and addled. Our destinations become even more difficult to get to.

Who wants to be weak and dumb? Men glory in success. The strong and the smart are those who reach their goals. Men hire other men who have these qualities. How is it then that God chooses the weak, foolish, and despised things of the world? Doesn’t He want to get things done? Why isn’t He on a talent search for the strongest, smartest people around? For the simple reason He doesn’t need what flesh brings to the table. The Lord of hosts declares: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit” (Zech. 4:6)

All that God accomplishes in the earth is wrought through the humble and the obedient. The more prone we are to rely on ourselves, the less qualified we are to be used of God. Don’t bemoan what you don’t naturally possess. Glory in your infirmities that the power of Christ may rest upon you.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.