God Embarrassing The Wise

How does a stick divide the Red Sea? It doesn't. How does a massive amount of people simply marching around a city, blowing trumpets and finally shouting - collapse the city walls? In and of itself, it does nothing. How does placing those who worship God with singing and the playing of instruments at the front of an army make sense? To the enemy attacking and observer of the battle it looks absurd, delusional and certainly suicidal. The difference in all these events was the obedience within their relationship to Yahweh.

Has God ever challenged your faith to believe and act in obedience toward His miraculous provision? Paul stated God's mode of operation, especially as the Believer obeys to Christ in manners we would question. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says -
  • "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."
Remember David before the giant, Goliath? Is it any wonder that Goliath and all his men thought Israel stupid, their God had abandoned them and it was a sad day when armies resorted to sending out kids to fight for nations?

David appeared on the battlefield in his normal, everyday shepherd attire. King Saul tried to dress David according to how they dressed and trained for combat, but that armor prohibited and/or constricted David's God-given combat abilities as a Shepherd.

1 Samuel 17:38-40 says,
  • "Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.

    'I cannot go in these,' he said to Saul, 'because I am not used to them.' So he took them off. Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine."
Many of us know the rest of the story. David killed the giant with a sling, stone and sword by teaching us the lesson of wearing the armor that was perfectly suited for us in spite of the "foolish" appearance.

I believe Trusting is a type of obedience as well as faith. David obeyed, leaned on and trusted wholly in God's training. God took David's shepherd-like qualities and militaristic skills as a boy, developed them in the pasture, then promoted him and his next set of lessons to that of a higher level - Shepherd of Israel, General, and King of Israel.

God does the same for us, especially if we surrender our hopes, dreams and expertise to Him. Willing minds and hearts before The Creator yields God taking what He has already blessed us with and developing us into the man or woman His Plan had for us all along. Just don't be surprised if you see God Embarrassing The Wise.