None of us want to be a fool. In fact, research indicates that being considered foolish ranks as the ‘number one’ fear among human beings. It is a greater fear than the fear of death (ranking ‘number two’).
God’s wisdom is different than ours. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak thing of the world to shame the strong.” (I Cor 1:27)
- What can we say about Noah, telling everyone there would be a devastating flood. He went ahead and built a huge boat on dry land.
- What can we say about the children of Israel, marching around a thick stone wall with hopes that it would fall down?
- What can we say about David — going after a giant with a slingshot and a few pebbles?
- What can we say about Beniah, who chased a lion all the way down into a pit — and came out alive?
Surely none of these acts would be considered ‘wise.’ But they brought the victory.
So why don’t we see more miracles? Why don’t we have more breakthroughs? Sometimes, it is because we protect ourselves from possible disappointment. ‘What if I pray for the guy in a wheelchair, and he does not walk?” “What if I declare a victory and it does not happen?” We are afraid to obey, because we do not want to risk our reputation. We often prefer to do things the way other people have done them, or the way our culture does it. We do not want to be considered foolish.
God has called us to serve Him, and without faith it is impossible to please God. What is faith? Things not seen. Things only hoped for — but evident — through faith.
God is looking for men and women who will not care about what the world thinks, but about what He thinks. God is looking for men and women who will not be concerned about protecting their dignity, but who will walk out in obedience to turn the world upside-down.
Are you ready to sign up for God’s foolishness?