February 25, 2008

God's Foolish Ones

Thought I'd share a verse from my devos this morning, and the consequent song it made me think of as I read it:

"But God chose the foolish things of this world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things - and the things that are not - to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him."
-- 1 Cor. 1:27-29

God's Own Fool - by Michael Card

Seems I've imagined Him all of my life
As the wisest of all of mankind
But if God's Holy wisdom is foolish to men
He must have seemed out of His mind

For even His family said He was mad
And the priests said a demon's to blame
But God in the form of this angry young man
Could not have seemed perfectly sane

When we in our foolishness thought we were wise
He played the fool and He opened our eyes
When we in our weakness believed we were strong
He became helpless to show we were wrong
And so we follow God's own fool
For only the foolish can tell-
Believe the unbelievable
And come be a fool as well

So come lose your life for a carpenter's son
For a madman who died for a dream
And you'll have the faith His first followers had
And you'll feel the weight of the beam
So surrender the hunger to say you must know
Have the courage to say I believe
For the power of paradox opens your eyes
And blinds those who say they can see

Chorus repeat

I love this song. I wish I could actually link it to you here, so that you could listen as well as read. But I haven't figured out yet if Blogger allows for that kind of feature, and if they do, I have no clue how to use it yet. No matter; the lyrics are powerful enough, even without the music.

You know, considering all things logically, we Christians do sound rather mad. We believe in a Being we can't see, touch, or smell. We can't prove 100% that we are right in our beliefs. And yet we will defy culture, popularity, and "success" to follow Jesus. And some of us are even willing to die for these beliefs. Stark raving mad. :) But I love these verses in Corinthians. God chose . . . He decided to confound the wisdom of the world. He decided to go completely against our natural way of thinking. Only God could do something like that. And only God can help us follow in His footsteps.

Happy Monday, ya'll!

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