It’s not usually the way it works in this world. If someone is trying to build interest in a speaker, they would not say, “He’s weak, scared and not very persuasive.” Usually they use words like bold, dynamic and powerful — words that encourage you not to miss hearing the speaker. Words that point to the person.
Yet this is how Paul describes himself in 1 Corinthians 2:3-5: “I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.”
God choosing the weak and powerless of the world is a common theme in the Bible. As Paul said, it is to demonstrate the power of God. When the Spirit of God acts through people the world dismisses, it points toward God and not the ability or talent of the person. God wants our obedience, not our resume. He wants us to act on His word regardless of what others might tell us about our qualifications.
Then Moses said to the LORD, “Please, Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither recently nor in time past, nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now then go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say.” – Exodus 4:10-13
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