1 Chronicles 5:24-25 [These were] mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers` houses. They trespassed against the God of their fathers, and played the prostitute after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God destroyed before them.
They may have been ‘mighty men of valor’ – but according to who? Contrast this with Gideon, whom God called a ‘mighty man of valor’ (Judges 6:12). He was the least of the least, but through Him God led Israel to great victory.
Paul alludes to this concept in 1 Corinthians 1:25-27. He calls the Corinthians to look back to when God called them, and remember that not many of them were wise, mighty or noble according to the flesh. Then he concludes that God chooses the weak things and despised things to put to shame the strong.
There are two things we can learn from this verse. Firstly, our security should not come from being surrounded by those the world perceives to be wise, strong and influential – for in fact it is these people who are the most likely to lead us away from the simplicity of devotion to Christ. They put their trust in their own resources and abilities, and encourage us to do the same.
Secondly, it’s important to understand that whatever strength was to our advantage before we came to Christ is likely to be a weakness when it comes to following Him. If we possess great natural wisdom, it’s easier for us to lean on this than to hunger and seek after the wisdom that comes from above. The same can be said for natural strength and the power of influence.
When we rely on who we are and what we can do, we become limited to the extent of our own resources. But the more we rely on who God is and what He can do, the more we tap into the limitless expanse of His resources. It’s then we start to really become strong, wise and influential!!
So today ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make Your paths straight’