Sunday Devotional: God chose the lowly and despised to humble the arrogant

1 Corinthians 1:26-28

Consider your own calling, brothers and sisters.
Not many of you were wise by human standards,
not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth.
Rather, God chose the foolish of the world to shame the wise,
and God chose the weak of the world to shame the strong,
and God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing,
to reduce to nothing those who are something . . . .

Another expression for “the lowly and despised of the world, those who count for nothing” could be “a basket of deplorables”.

That was what a “powerful” presidential candidate in the 2016 election — a corrupt, venal liar who advocates the killing of unborn human beings even in the 9th month, whom the “powerful” mainstream media all adjudged to be “strong” and invincible — disdainfully called the people who disagreed with and opposed her, over whom she meant to rule.

To the surprise of all, especially the candidate and the corrupt media, the powerful and seemingly strong candidate was “shamed” and “reduced to nothing” by “the weak . . . the lowly and despised” whom she had called deplorables.

Here’s the rest of the story . . . .

The miracle happened not because the deplorables are better, but because God blesses “they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied” (Matthew 5:6) and because God chose the deplorables to humble the arrogant (“boastful”) powerful and strong.

1 Corinthian 1:28-31

God chose the lowly and despised of the world,
those who count for nothing,
to reduce to nothing those who are something,
so that no human being might boast before God.
It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus,
who became for us wisdom from God,
as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption,
so that, as it is written,
“Whoever boasts, should boast in the Lord.”

In the meantime, we are told the path before us will continue to be difficult and will demand much from us:

“You will be hated by everyone because of me” (Matthew 10:22), “persecuted for the sake of righteousness,” insulted and have “every kind of evil” uttered “against you falsely because of me” (Matthew 5:10, 11).

And so the battle continues.

But we go forth with courage and with the conviction that “we can do all things through Christ” (Philippians 4:13) and with faith in His promise that “the clean of heart . . . will see God” (Matthew 5:8).

Armor of God I can do all things through Christ

Love Him with your whole heart, your whole soul, your whole mind, and with all your strength, and may the courage and peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,

~Eowyn

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8 responses to “Sunday Devotional: God chose the lowly and despised to humble the arrogant

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  2. ACTA NON VERBA (PSALM 11:3)
    ABOLISH CHILD MURDER AND RESTORE THE RULE OF MOSAIC LAW.
    IMPEACH/CONVICT soetoro/obama

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  3. My mother told me a long time ago, if you want to know where you are read both of the books of Corinthians.

    1 Corinthians 2New International Version (NIV)

    And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
    God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit

    We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. However, as it is written:

    “What no eye has seen,
    what no ear has heard,
    and what no human mind has conceived”—
    the things God has prepared for those who love him—

    these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.

    The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, for,

    “Who has known the mind of the Lord
    so as to instruct him?”

    But we have the mind of Christ.

    ‘Nothing has changed with dark rulers of this world, nothing…just a little different tools really, and neither has God or the Holy Spirit.’

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  4. No wonder the elitist arrogant snobs are all out of joint over Trump’s election.

    He’s actually standing up for the ‘little guy’ instead of just paying it lip service like most all of his predecessors.

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  5. TY.

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  6. beautiful devotional Dr. Eowyn 🙂

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  7. I don’t know…Obama is not wise…though Mr. First Non-lady sure does look strong. Hilary looks pretty weak when she was trying to be president.

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  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this magnificent post. Indeed, we, the “deplorables” humble ourselves before the Holy Trinity, and Trust in the Triune God.

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