Foolish things to shame the wise

Foolish things to shame the wise

Recently I was watching Lord of the Rings which was written by a Christian guy called J.R.R. Tolkien. Whatever your thoughts on Lord of the Rings, good or bad, it does have some good representations of the Gospel.

For those that don’t know the story, Frodo, a hobbit, one of the main characters, is asked to take a quest to destroy a ring and so defeat evil in the land. On his way to destroy the ring he comes up against different trials that are trying to stop him completing his quest. In turn the whole fate of the land rests in Frodo’s hands (I like to relate it to the story of Gideon)

As I sat there watching the film something dawned on me. Frodo is the person that wouldn’t have been my first choice for such a big task like this. He is from a family that is known to cause trouble (due to his uncle’s adventures in the past), he is small in stature as he is a hobbit and hobbits are not known for their bravery.

As the film carried on I saw that Frodo always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, he did things that made the quest harder for himself and for others that are with him.

In the film there is one part where Frodo and his companions are running away from some horsemen that are trying to capture the ring, as Frodo and the others are running away from the horsemen, Frodo is overtaken by all the others with him and he gets away from the horsemen just in time.

This got me thinking, this could be the writer making the story more interesting or it could be the writer showing us that even people like ourselves who don’t always make the right choices, who don’t always act in the right way, who are not the fittest or strongest and who seem to  make things harder for ourselves, we can be chosen for such a great quest and task that is so important that it could hold the whole fate of our world, city, town, village, family, friends, church in our hands.

In 1 Corinthians 1:26-27 it says “Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”

So this week as we carry on this amazing quest, our walk with God, know that you may not get it right or do the right things all the time. But know that you have been chosen for this task. And that God himself chose you for such a time as this to change the world you live in. You are NOT too small or insignificant but chosen by your King to do this … keep going, don’t give up!