"Weak Versus Strong"
August 25, 2009
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. 1 Corinthians 1:27
There are some stories which simply need to be told, and the mental picture of this Daily Devotion story is simply too precious to let go by.
The story begins in Independence, Missouri, with a nun looking out her convent window at 7 a.m.
Seeing a suspicious man walking through the cornfields, she enlisted the help of another sister and went to investigate. They didn't know if the man was lost or whether he was hunting illegally.
Both ideas were wrong.
The man was a burglar -- a burglar armed with a shotgun. But this burglar armed with a shotgun ran away when the nuns began to question him. Did the nuns breathe a sigh of relief? They did not. One of those nuns, dressed in ankle-length habit and flip-flops, chased the man through the cornfield.
Savor that picture for a moment, won't you? There's a man with a shotgun running from a nun in flip-flops. He did get away. But she was able to give a good enough description for the police to make an arrest.
I wonder if that's what St. Paul had in mind when he wrote, "God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise." Probably not.
On the other hand, the story does speak to the Scripture. I have seen a loud restaurant suddenly go silent when children bowed their heads in prayer. I've seen a 90-year-old lady give a first class chewing-out to her college-football-playing great-grandson. And now I have seen a nun chasing a man who had a shotgun.
Truly, the Lord does use the weak. He used exiled Moses to free His people; He used young David to bring down a giant; He used a few fishermen and a tax collector to share the Savior's story with the world.
This leads me to believe, if that is so -- and it is -- then the Lord can also use you and me. He can use us to tell others of God's great love as seen in the manger, on the cross, or at the empty tomb.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, You do work in mysterious ways, even using the weak to show up the strong. As one of those weak people, I ask that You will let me make a witness to the forgiveness, salvation, and joy I have been given in Jesus. In His Name. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries