Want Power? July 28
I Corinthians 1:27
But God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, And God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
Only an immutable and sovereign God could write something so liberating to humanity. No monarch on earth would think this way. Kings want power, and they surround their courts with the wisest of the wise.
They arm their knights with the best armor that they can afford, and they display their power.
President Roosevelt once said, “Speak softly, and carry a big stick; you will go far.” It was referred to as ‘Big stick diplomacy.’ President Roosevelt once sent our navy halfway around the world to make a show of American strength.
But God doesn’t tend to work that way. In bible days, if you were a king about to go to battle, sometimes instead of losing thousands of men in a single battle, the kings would work out an agreement, let’s each send out our mightiest man to fight on behalf of our kingdom.
King David, a young boy, standing up against a well-known giant named Goliath. The Hebrews feared Goliath, and for a good reason. Some historians believe that a few years earlier, when the Philistines were at war with the Hebrews, Goliath, a 12-foot tall giant went on a one-person rampage. Goliath stormed the Hebrew camp singlehandedly and, with his 15 plus pound spear, he killed Hebrew soldiers as he ran into the most protected part of the camp. He picked up the arc of the covenant placed on his shoulder and fought his way back out!
Goliath was a mighty man when David approached him, and he became confounded (angry.) David appeared to be foolish before everyone that was watching. But David knew God, and Goliath was seeking a more extraordinary reputation. He wanted to become a legend; unfortunately, the reputation he received was not what he expected. (Samuel 17)
There are times face a problem, a problem too big to conquer ourselves, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Usually, at this stage, the enemy has been beating you down with his words of discouragement. You may even be feeling too weak to go on; further, this is when God steps in:
II Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
The Lord told me once: “A miracle is something you go through.”
He is: Jehovah Gibbor Milchamah
Mighty in Battle