1 Corinthians 1:25
“Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”
The “foolishness of God” and “weakness of God” seems impossible. When you think of God, you think of His omnipotence; His ability to do anything. When you think of God’s wisdom, you think of His omniscience. At first glance, the verse above seems like it could be wrong. How can God be foolish when we know that He is righteous and wise? How can God be weak when we know that the Scriptures teach that there is no limit to His abilities?
The verse above is not teaching that God is foolish or weak. Therefore, we much ask, who is the verse talking about as the “foolishness” and “weakness of God?” The verse above is talking about the believer. Verses 27 and 28 show that God chooses 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;” In other words, the only toolbox that God has to work with is you. When God uses His people, though they are foolish or weak, they are wiser and stronger than any tool that Satan could use. When the verse talks about God’s foolishness, it is saying that God’s hand working in your life is wiser than the wisest person’s wisdom working in their own power. The verse above is saying that God’s weakness is that He uses weak humans to show His omnipotence through them. This thought provides several reminders for the believer.
First, you are nothing of yourself. God is not impressed with your wisdom or education; likewise, He is not afraid to use your lack of education. God is not impressed with your power, but He is also not scared to use you with your weaknesses. You have to understand that you are nothing without God. Any success you have in the Christian walk has nothing to do with you but everything to do with God.
Second, God doesn’t need you; you need God. The day you realize that it is not what you can do for God but what God can do through you is the day that God starts using you. My friend, you may think that God needs you, but you must realize that God says that He uses the foolish and weak. There is not much about you that impresses God other than He sees your inabilities and His ability to fill the gaps in your life. To think that God needs you is the revelation of your pride. You have to understand that God can use any person, including you. You must be careful about becoming overconfident in your abilities to the point that you think God needs you. God will quickly show you how insignificant you are and how significant He is if you ever get to the point when you think that God needs you.
Third, you are a mighty tool in God’s hand no matter what you lack. Satan has a way of making the believer think that they could do nothing because of their inabilities; however, you must realize that your weakness is where God becomes strong. When you realize you can’t do anything by yourself and start trusting God is when God shows His strength through you. When you come to the end of your rope and don’t know what to do is when you begin to trust God’s wisdom and find that He gives you the resources you need to accomplish His work. My friend, you may feel inadequate, but that is exactly the moment that God steps in and wants to use you. Don’t let your inadequacies keep you from serving the LORD because God works through your inabilities to show the world His strength and wisdom.