Some people believe in evolution, while others believe in the energy of the universe. And still others believe that the only higher power is themselves, and it’s because of what they have done and what their neighbors have done that life has turned out good. No matter what anybody believes, it’s probably safe to say that in this world, the strong succeed. The best workers, the best fighters, the best artists are the people who come out on top.
Christians, however, may not agree. All throughout the Bible we can read about the weak winning. We can read about great nations doing everything in their power to kill one person or one group of people and failing because the Lord wouldn’t let them succeed.
In the Bible, God takes the most unlikely people to succeed and uses them to move his Word or his Plan forward. Take the Israelites for example. They were slaves to the most powerful nation in the world, Egypt, but the Lord wanted the Israelites to go free. Egypt, however, didn’t want to give up their slaves, so they fought with everything they had to keep them. But they were fighting against God, and, look, the Israelites are still living free in their own country today. When Jesus was born in a manger, the king of Judea wanted him dead immediately, but his attempt to kill the infant failed. Think about that: He failed to kill an infant that was born right under his own nose in his own kingdom, and the infant’s parents were poor. Not even super rich Osama bin Laden was able to hide himself well enough to escape the hunt of a foreign nation looking for him on his own turf.
In the Bible, there are many examples of the Lord taking the most unlikely person to succeed and making him or her victorious. The Lord makes it a point to put his Word, his Work, his Plan in the middle of everything that wants to kill him the most. He puts his Plan right in the face of the most powerful authorities the world has to offer and lets them have a crack at destroying it, but they never win. God’s plan always moves forward. Why does the Lord do this? He does it because he loves his creations. He wants us to see, clearly, that he is alive and is involved in our lives. And he wants us to see that when we put our faith in him, we will be safe forever.
Even the Christian church was founded on the backs of targeted lives. The highest authority in Israel–the religious council–had just got done killing Jesus Christ on a cross for telling people that he was the Son of God, and no more than two months after the crucifixion did Christ’s disciples begin preaching his message once again. The Israel religious council did not like that at all, and they wanted anyone who preached in Jesus Christ’s name to be put to death as soon as possible. But the church grew like wildfire, and its success didn’t come because the disciples were excellent special ops agents. The church succeeded because the Son of God was the power behind the people. Nothing could have stopped God from giving us his truth, his life and his love.
“Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God” (Acts 5:38-39).