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Underdog Warrior

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me...” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

Florida Gulf Coast University made it to the Sweet 16 in this year’s NCAA March Madness men’s basketball tournament. This school didn’t exist before 1997 and until this past March, nearly no one outside of Florida likely knew of it. But after FGCU beat Georgetown at the beginning of the tournament, I couldn’t help rooting for this underdog.

In reading God’s Word, there are many examples of God using people we would typically see as the underdog. I think back to David’s defeat of Goliath in the Old Testament. There was no way David, a young teenager, could beat a veteran warrior-giant. Paul was one of the greatest persecutors of Christians before his conversion and ended up writing most of the New Testament. Neither of these events could make sense outside of the power of God.

God often selects the unlikely and even uses physical ailments, imperfections and limitations to emphasize His power. As Paul notes, “For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV).

Reflect:

  • Do you find yourself trying to “manage” your life under your own strength?  Ask God to help you let go and rely on Him.
  • Begin viewing your limitations as opportunities to allow God to more completely control that area of your life. He’s far stronger than we could ever hope to be.

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