We love underdog stories, don’t we? We cheer when the street rat Aladdin wins the hand of Princess Jasmine. We clap when the Little Engine That Could makes it over the mountain with all those toys and goodies for the children. We applaud when the weak boy Harry Potter defeats the wicked, powerful Lord Voldemort.
We don’t like to be underdogs ourselves, though. We want to be strong and heroic. We want to have it all together. But sometimes we get weighed down with our own frailties. As Christians, we feel too weak to do anything worthwhile to help a world drowning in sin. Yet God doesn’t look at things the way we do.
God chose a young boy named David to defend His Name against the Philistine giant, Goliath. He chose tiny, insignificant Bethlehem to be the birthplace of the King of kings. He chose a helpless baby born to an unwed mother to save His people from their sins.
This world praises the strong, the rich, and the powerful. To the ungodly, the fact that the God of the Universe condescended to become a human makes no sense. Why would an omnipotent, immortal being ever choose to become human—much less a poor, weak Jewish baby? Because, as 1 Corinthians 1:25 tells us, the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
God loves to use what appears weak to mankind as a means of displaying His great power. Through His Son Jesus Christ, God gave us the gift of His strength.
That means in those disheartening moments when our frailty weighs us down, we should look up and see what God is doing. Who knows? He may just be working through our weakness to display His great strength.