To me one of the most fascinating verses in the Bible are found in 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, 31:
“But God hath 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….That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
We often see God using the weak, but occasionally we see God confounding the wise and mighty. A couple of weeks ago we saw this first hand, as in The Oscars. The super bowl of Hollywood events in which those in attendance glory in one another's greatness.
The cliff note version of what happened is simply the wrong winner was announced for best movie, the highlight of the entire night mind you! It took almost two minutes to make the correction by which time the folks representing the mistaken winner had made their way to the stage, accepted the award, and began giving their acceptance speeches only to be interrupted on live television and told in essence, “Oops we made a slight mistake.”
This little mistake, involving two envelopes, before millions of viewers on live television has both humiliated and rocked Hollywood. The producer of The Oscars broadcast likened the mistake to the “Hindenburg” of Oscar fiascos. Such is the importance these folks place on themselves that they would compare a botched award presentation to the air disaster that claimed 36 lives, most of whom were burned to death.
Paul warns us in First Corinthians that if we feel so inclined to glory, to make sure we “GLORY IN THE LORD!”
See you at the finish line!