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Verse 27: “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;”

A car racer, Cliff Steele, has a freak accident and his brain is surgically placed in a nigh invulnerable robot body.
A test pilot, Larry Trainor, has a freak accident, requiring him to be wrapped in radiation-proof bandages to contain the alien being that has bonded with him.
A talented, athletic, beautiful actress named Rita Farr has a freak accident with strange volcanic gases, giving her size changing abilities.

All of them considered freaks; but Niles Caulder bonds them together into a team to protect the world…a team called…the Doom Patrol.

5 teenagers with various mutations are recruited to the Charles Xavier School for Gifted Youngsters. One has wings, one has optic blast vision, one can form ice, one has beast-like strength and agility, and one has telekinesis. Feared by the world, these mutants will become mankind’s protectors…the X-Men.

In both instances, DC Comics and Marvel Comics created magazines about outcasts; these outcasts became unlikely heroes and the reading public loved them. Even today, some of these heroes exist now on the big screen of movies. But if you were to pick some type of superheroes to be easily accepted and popular, would you have picked these? Even a young Stan Lee had to convince his bosses when he was first starting out to give him a chance with a teenager who wasn’t a sidekick…a teenager who would become Spider-Man!

Paul is reminding the Corinthian church that God has picked the least likely choices (by man’s standards) to spread the Gospel, to show The Way. Think about Jesus’s disciples: were they all-star teams of leaders with great talent sets? Were they the Justice League or the Avengers?

No, their occupations were:
Fishermen
Tax Collector
Zealot
Tradesmen
And some we don’t even know what they did…they were just called by Jesus.
(Found this info at https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/occupations-of-the-12-disciples-faq.htm)

The world would look at them and say “They’re going to help change the world?” Jesus looked at them and said, “Come, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Something to think about.

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Proverbs 20:5-6

verse 5: “A plan in the heart of a man is like deep water, But a man of understanding draws it out.”

When I was young, I went on my first “deep-sea” fishing trip. I had been fishing before in lakes back home, and could at least see into that water for a ways. But when we would let those deep-sea rods loose, and feel how long it took the weighted hooks to drop into the sea, I didn’t understand how we would catch anything when we couldn’t see it. Our captain understood though; he knew that with the proper bait in the proper spot and a little patience, we could be reeling in some red snapper and other fish within no time at all.

I read this verse and the Holman commentary on it, and I often think of my parents when they would say, “I know what you’re up to.” It didn’t matter what I appeared to be up to, they always seem to know my real motives and purposes. That type of wisdom comes from God. Experience may give us insight as to being able to tell what our children are up to, but God grants us that wisdom to be able to “draw out” those plans. God Himself knows what we’re thinking better than we know ourselves. As I’ve said before, He is that Source of wisdom; we have but to ask. Jesus wants us to be fishers of men; are you ready to “reel them in”?

Something to think about today.

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