What an unlikely object to be an instrument of a divine deliverance! Samson, bound fast, was delivered into the hands of the Philistines. Their shouts of triumph were still echoing when, bursting from his bands by the might of the Spirit, Samson wrought havoc among them with this strangest of weapons. [Judges 15:16]. A thousand men fell beneath that jawbone of an ass wielded in the power of God.
What strange means God is pleased to employ in the accomplishing of His great designs – the tears of a babe, moving the heart of Pharaoh’s daughter; the sling of the shepherd-lad David; the sleeplessness of a Persian king; the turning of the world down through the preaching of the gospel by unlettered fishermen; the solitary monk who shook the world.
One of my favourite Gospel stories is the feeding of the five thousand. At its heart are the lad and his lunch. Andrew exclaimed, “But what are they among so many?” [John 6:9]. But those loaves and fishes placed in the hands of the Lord Jesus were made efficient and sufficient for the whole multitude.
Child of God, there is nothing little with God. In His hands how mighty are the simplest and feeblest instruments. It has been well said, “God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things that are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in His presence” [1 Corinth. 1:27-29] [Rev. Michael Patrick].