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Foolish and Powerless

Few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise.—1 CORINTHIANS 1:26–27 NLT

Shortly after the Holy Spirit filled the early church with His power, Peter and John healed a crippled man outside a temple. As a result, they were arrested. The charge? Preaching Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

However, the Jewish leaders couldn’t ignore that a miracle had taken place. The lame beggar was well-known throughout Jerusalem—and his healing was big news. So they asked Peter and John to explain where their power came from. Their answer? The resurrected Christ known as Jesus.

This was the same Jesus who had baffled the leaders when he was twelve. They couldn’t understand how a poor carpenter’s son from Nazareth could possibly know and understand scripture as He ably showed in His answers to their questions (Luke 2:47). Now, they were face-to-face with two of His followers, men they knew to be “uneducated and untrained” (Acts 4:13 NASB), yet full of understanding and ability to preach the scriptures.

Take heart, weary caregiver. God didn’t choose you to serve Him because you knew all the answers or you were in a position of power or wealth. He chose you just as you are to confound those who are without Him, to make them curious, to draw them to the God of love and peace.

Father, may my life exhibit Christ to a lost world, even in my weariness and obvious lack of wisdom of my own.

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