I found a meme on Facebook the other day and reposted it. I could not resist! It said, “When God put a calling on your life, He already factored in your stupidity.”
The author who originally published it said that was the “most comforting thing I’ve ever heard.”
Of course, Paul put it a bit more eloquently: “For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” [1 Corinthians 1:26-27 HCSB]
The purpose is so that “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” [1:31 HCSB]
I am sure that some in reading that passage in 1Corinthians think that while there are “not many wise,” there at least may be a few wise … and just maybe they might be one of the few. But I know differently; I am fairly sure I am one of the “foolish things of the world.” I am quite sure I am one of the “weak things of the world.”
Still, in my foolishness and in my weakness, God works and I rejoice in that.
Our LORD is so wonderful. He takes us, the foolish and the weak, and He empowers us with His indwelling Holy Spirit. He teaches us through His word and our experiences how to cooperate with Him in serving Him and those He puts in our path. That is our calling.
And as the meme says, God has already factored in our “stupidity,” along with our desires and failures and successes and trials and inabilities and talents and everything that makes us who we are. And as He weaves all that together in His purpose for us, we bring Him glory.
What a God!