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God's wise choice to confound the wise of the world

"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;" (1 Corinthians 1:27)

A group of fishermen turned the world upside down. They had no worldly education, wealth or philosophical thinking, but the Lord used them to touch the lives of millions by His grace. St. Paul's greatest argument for the cause of the gospel came from this fact. He asked the church at Corinth to evaluate their skills, status and smartness compared to the worldly standards. Not many were influential or of noble birth. Yet God chose the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Who would have thought that the greatest expression of God's love would be displayed on the cross where the Roman regime hung and crucified the "worthless" in society.

God's choice is totally contrary to what we think. He chose a Peter to confound the educated class of the world on the day of Pentecost. He chose a doubting Thomas to reach the big land of India. Don't aim on the worldly pursuits which are fleeting and foolish in the sight of God. May our choices be in accordance to God's word. Use every opportunity you get in the marketplace or community to declare Jesus Christ, the wonder and wisdom of God. Without seeing and pursuing Christ we would be still groping in the foolish realms. Seek Him, serve Him, love Him - may we understand God's grace that saved us. He intends to use you to confound the wise and mighty.

For further reading: Philippians 3:6-10, 2 Corinthians 8:8-9