We Love This Guy! (Proverbs 22:29)

He’s the computer nerd, able to hack into a highly secure network to secure a favor for a girl he is trying to impress but continues to ignore him. He’s the boy genius who completed medical school at the age of 18 years, performing surgeries that would set a veteran surgeon quivering, yet cannot dance on beat.  

 

We love this guy!

 

This character finds different incarnations in numerous dramas, plays, musicals, and novels. We are drawn to him because we want him to succeed. He is the ultimate underdog and we all pull for him because we hope, that just this once, he will be the victor, the hero, and the good guy who doesn’t finish last.

 

Do you see a man skillful in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.

Proverbs 22:29 (ESV)

We all like happy endings, so does God! God blesses each of us with unique skills and talents. For some, it may be obvious, such as outstanding athletic abilities or a soaring intellect. I suspect that for many, including myself, the skills that God blesses us with may not be immediately obvious. We can certainly identify talents for which we have an aptitude, but there are always hidden talents, ones that may not be evident until the right moment when God presents us with the opportunity to use them. It may not even be a single talent but a combination of skills, forged together by God as a unique alloy for a single special moment in time. When that happens, God honors that person by placing him before kings and leaders. I think of the Apostle Paul, afflicted with a physical ailment that may have marred his appearance and speech. Paul was beaten, imprisoned, and branded a traitor to his Pharisaical Jewish tradition. Paul gave up all his titles, family name, educational accolades. He traveled the entire known world finally appearing before the Roman emperor Nero. He was an unlikely hero, the ultimate underdog, gifted by God to become the greatest missionary of the Good News of Jesus Christ.

 

God is the author of happy endings because He is the author of eternal life and salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

 

Amen!

 

Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

 

 

 

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