Summary: God has chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise

Foolish things to confound the wise 1 Corinthians 1:27

God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.

1. From time to time I will hear someone say that God is to Awesome and to great to be interested in the affairs

of individuals.

• They feel like the universe is so big and that they are so small that they must be so insignificant to God…

unimportant in the eye of the one who created the universe

• But I want you to understand today that God is very interested in you and the affairs of your every day life

• Turn with me to Jonah 4:7 …I want us to read something very important

• "But God prepared a worm…..and it smote the gourd that it withered."

• God prepared a worm….How amazing…God used a worm that he prepared to accomplish his good will in the

life of Jonah

2. God prepares the events that happen in your life….they don't just happen

• In Jonah Chapter 1:17 God prepared a fish….He used the fish to transport Jonah to Nivah

• In Jonah Chapter 4:17 God prepared a gourd…to give shade to Jonah from the hot sun

• In Chapter 4:6 God prepares a WORM

• In Chapter 4: 8 God prepared the wind

• God is always preparing …and he will use the simplest of things, people, events…to accomplish his good


• Why is this so hard to understand

3. How many ate a piece of bread this week.. (God had a hand in preparing that bread)

• Last winter He sent the snow…..In the spring time he sent the rain

• In the summer He sent the sunshine…

• God was working a full year before you buttered your toast you ate this morning

# Didn’t God said way back in Noah's day God said Seedtime and harvest would not cease (Gen 8:22)

• The bread you eat daily depends on that promise

4. The same principal applies in your salvation

• Sin didn't take God by Surprise

• Your redemption was planned…GOD ORDAINED from before the foundations of the world

• The entire History of the Israel has been in preparation for the coming of His son

• Abraham and Isaac….Jacob Judah, David, and Mary and others were all carefully selected

3. Bethlehem was selected as His birthplace long before the calendar was changed from BC to

read AD

• Yes God moved on Agustus Ceasear and the entire Roman Empire moved

• Then when the fullness of time had come…when preparation had been made…

• God sent forth His son born of a virgin and she called his name Jesus

5. God said in Isaiah 65:24 "Before they call, I will answer"

• Listen….Every answered prayer is a testimony of God's PLANNING

6. That's why when we go through great trial and tribulation we can say:

Rom 8:28-31

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the

called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be

conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also

justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If

God be for us, who can be against us?

• Do you believe this today….That all the things that happen to you that seem bad are working together for

your good

II. Not only does God prepare but He often uses humble instruments

1. God prepared a WORM to get Jonah’s attention…….a simple worm

• A common worm dispised by everyone…was prepared by God

• I Cor. 1:28 says that God uses the BASE things of the world, and the things that are despised …To brig to

nothing the things that are

A. Jonah was pouting….a pouty preacher……………..isn't that amazing.....But God prepares a worm to humble his


# God used a runt shepherd boy to humble the giant Goliath

# Jeremiah was a young person who lacked an education and God sent him to Judah

# Amos was a herdsman and God sent him to the court of Israel

# A farmer used an ox goad to bring a great victory

# Jesus chose fisherman and tax collectors to stand before kings and important dignataries

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