Thursday, July 17, 2014


Lucha Libre by Brian Auer, on Flickr

Creative Commons Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic License by Brian Auer

Every good story needs an underdog. Someone who, hurdling all obstacles, challenges the giants looming over them. They take on a larger cause and through hell or high water to bring about change.

Scripture is full of underdogs.

For every underdog, you have their antagonist. They are the favourite, the top-dog. Usually, they have been present for some time and viewed in a different time and different light -- would be the hero of the story. Yet time and power have often corrupted them.

Scripture is full of top-dogs.

What is interesting is not that they are present in scripture, but how God works on each of them. Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Gideon, David, Elijah, Daniel, John, Jesus, Peter, Paul... the list goes on.

God has a long, storied history of watching over the underdogs.

He does not need people who know they are strong, but people who know they are weak. "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Jesus regularly scorned the leaders of his day, who thought they knew about God and what He wanted for the Israelites. Rejected by his own people, Jesus turned to any who would listen.

The question is... which are you? Are you open in your weakness, humble in your strength or are you rigid in your knowledge, firm in your ways?

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