Thursday, December 26, 2013

Words of Comfort: Foolish things.

Don’t you love movies where the nasty bully gets his face pushed in the mud and the bullied kid becomes the hero? But have you noticed that that rarely happens in real life…or does it?

Years ago, I told 100 kids to line up for candy. As I looked at the line I noticed that it was a line of greed. The greedy brats were at the front, and the quiet sickly and humble kids had been pushed to the back. So I took great delight in turning the line around 180 degrees and going to the quiet sickly kids first, much to the disgust of the greedy brats at the back.

In this world where the arrogant and rich get richer and the humble and the poor get stomped on, God has turned the line around. The Bible says that He trapped the greedy brats in their “own craftiness.”  He did this by choosing “foolish things to confound the wise.”

To show how He did it, let me ask you some questions. Do you believe that God made Adam and Eve? Do you believe that Noah built an ark? How about the story of Moses opening the Red Sea? What about Jonah and the whale and 101 other Bible stories, most of which are harder to swallow than a whale? If you have any intellectual dignity you would never stoop to believe such foolishness…because it is beneath you. Such is the wisdom of God. Your condescending pride automatically pushes you to the back of the line. Jesus said “I think you O Father that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes."

He said that unless you become as a little child, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In other words, God has made the door of everlasting life very low. He’s turned the line around by choosing what the Bible calls "foolish things to confound the wise." He caused such foolish-sounding things to happen that only the humble would believe.

Now watch arrogant and condescending comments by proud God-haters to see the wonderful wisdom of God in doing this. 

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