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Thursday, September 22, 2011

Let Him Who Boasts, Boast in the Lord

Has it ever occurred to you when God wrote His big story (or His-story) book, the Bible, He wasn't much for stereotypes? In fact, it seems He often purposely went against the grain. The younger, garden-tending son gets the blessing and has a nation named after him, while the older, more virile son walks off into oblivion. The man "slow of speech and tongue" is the spokesman for the Jews to Pharoah. The man a head above the others was the lesser king, but the one smaller in stature was great. And he fought a giant while still a boy.
Let's not forget, either, that the King of Kings, Lord of Lords began His life in a stable, His first bed a feeding trough.

Why would God, as He created these His-stories, use such paradox? To remind us of the Truths stated in 1 Corinthians 1:27-31. He chose the foolish to shame the wise, the weak to shame the strong, so we would not boast in ourselves, but in the God who made us.

So remember this the next time you are tempted to look down on someone with the lesser profession or a lower level of education and experience. Hold your tongue about the person struggling with a learning disability or one born in a slum. God has a way of turning tables on us all. Make sure you align yourself with those He will use.

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