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. 1 Corinthians 1.27
I was recently humbled, shocked, by how it appeared to me that God was using someone. A person whom I was, to my regret, so prone to judge in my mind. Someone who came across to me as foolish, showboatey, seemingly lacking tightly polished theological structures. It was an affront, if I may say, to my preconceptions and human “intellect”.
But clearly this person had a heart to honor God. A heart to multiply the kingdom. A respect for integrity and purity. A desire to bring liberty to the captives. To bring light to darkness.
But my intellect was insulted. Our “cultural differences”, really, it was just a judgemental mindset in my heart. But it seemed that yes, the Lord was indeed using this person. Ouch.
Step out in faith
Since God’s living word teaches us:
- He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise…. the things that are not, as though they were…
- A bruised reed I will not break, a smoldering wick, I will not snuff out…
- I sought for a man, but I found none…
- But we have this treasure in jars of clay… that it may be obvious that this surpassing power is from God.
- Provoke one another unto good works.
…then why should we not take him at his word and step out further in our faith? I think it is sin that dwells within us that causes us to seek glory for ourselves and hence we are prone to assigning such a high importance on what the eyes of man see, rather that what only God sees.
A greek study from biblehub.com, on the word “foolish” above:
3474 mōrós (the root of the English terms, “moron, moronic”) – properly, dull (insipid), flat (“without an edge”); (figuratively) “mentally inert”; dull in understanding; nonsensical (“moronic”), lacking a grip on reality (acting as though “brainless”). [This root (mōr-) “properly refers to physical nerves causing one to become dull, sluggish (so Hipp., Aristotle); used of the mind, dull, stupid, foolish” (Abbott-Smith); “flat/insipid” (WS, 1062). 3474 (mōrós) is used ironically of apparent stupidity in 1 Cor 1;25,27, 3:18.]
Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart!