Archive for January 4, 2009

The Instruments God Works With

January 4, 2009

Even for His greatest undertakings God often chooses instruments that appear to mean to be weak. Not those who exult in their own wisdom and strength does He choose for great exploits, but those who seek and depend on the wisdom and strength which comes from above.

“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” (I Corinthians 1:27-29).

He not only chooses weak instruments but He keeps His servants weak in themselves. As men looked at Paul they said:

“For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible” (II Corinthians 10:10).

So heartily did Paul welcome this state of dependence on God that he said:

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong” (II Corinthians 12:10).

D.O. Shelton
Better Than Gold (1926)
Pages 152- 153

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