Wise Foolishness

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Daily Reformation, Exodus 6:10-13

From the Reformer

“You have not only received the Spirit by the preaching of the Gospel, but by the same Gospel you were enabled to do things.” “What things?” we ask. Miracles. At least the Galatians had manifested the striking fruits of faith which true disciples of the Gospel manifested in those days. On one occasion the Apostle wrote: “The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” This “power” revealed itself not only in readiness of speech, but in demonstrations of the supernatural ability of the Holy Spirit.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on Galatians

Pulling It Together

“Boy! Mike sure is a funny guy! Let’s have him get up and speak to the church. He’ll keep them entertained.” Funny thing though, when they stood him in front of the church, he froze. He did not say one word. It was awful—awful for Mike and awful for the church. First they laughed because they thought it was part of his act and then they laughed because they were embarrassed. Then it was very quiet.

God does not always speak through wise, funny, or otherwise talented people. He uses who he wants to use—often the least obvious or least talented or even foolish (1Cor 1:27)—and will get his glory that way. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1Cor 1:25)

Many whom God calls, hold back like Moses. “Who would listen to me? I’m a nobody.” Just the sort God so often uses! So do not hold back; open your mouth to speak his word—and his power will follow.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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