1 Corinthians 1:27
“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;”
You will never be used by God and be in agreement with the world. The world cannot understand the things of God; therefore, the world and those who pursue the world will always perceive the things of God and those who choose to follow Him as fools. However, it is those things and actions that the world considers foolish that God uses to confound the wise and to show His mighty power. Let me share the four things that God chooses to use to show His wisdom and power that the world considers foolish.
First, what the world considers foolish is where God shows His wisdom. God’s ways are not the same as man’s ways. Isaiah 55:9 says, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” The educated of the world will never be able to understand or break down the wisdom of God because His thoughts are too high for them. One reason the believer must walk by faith is because it takes faith to trust God’s higher thinking. God chose the “unlearned and ignorant men” in the Book of Acts to confound the educated of their day. The only thing the educated could say about the apostles was that “they had been with Jesus.” If the only way a worldly person can explain the decisions you make is that you have been with Jesus, that it is a great compliment.
Second, what the world considers weak is where God reveals His strength. You may not have the power that the world says you need to do anything in life, but you have all you need if you choose to go in God’s strength. What you consider weakness is what God considers an opportunity to show His strength. What you consider something that hurts your ability to serve God is what He considers His opportunity to show His mighty hand through you. It may seem foolish to the world to consider that God could use you, but He doesn’t need your strength to show His power, but He needs your willingness to be a tool to show His power.
Third, who the world considers a fool is whom God chooses to honor. There will be many times in your life when God asks you to do something that the world would consider foolish, but it is through those circumstances that God chooses to honor you. Many were considered fools to give up a bright future or money making careers and opportunities to serve God full time as an evangelist, pastor, missionary or full-time servant, but it is those people whom we look at today and consider heroes of the faith. My friend, you will never be a hero in the world’s eyes and at the same time be a hero in God’s eyes. The wisest choice is to be honorable in God’s eyes.
Fourth, what the world considers foolishness is what God chooses to use to reveal His power to save. God chooses the “foolishness of preaching” to show His power. God chooses the “foolishness of preaching” to save the lost. God chooses the “foolishness of preaching” to change lives. People may not like preaching, but without preaching people will continue to go down the same destructive road that has ruined many lives and sent many to Hell.
My friend, the world may consider you a fool for serving God, but being a fool in the world’s eyes is what gives God an opportunity to use you. Let me challenge you to be a “fool” for God.