“The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are cut off” (Isaiah 29:19,20).TEXT — Isaiah 29:13-24
The unconditional theory of the survival of the fittest enunciated by some evolutionists, philosophers and economists runs contrary to the teachings of the Bible. The doctrine argues that in society, the poor, weak and socially handicapped would risk extinction as the strong, fit and economically advantaged take up all the space for supremacy in productive endeavours.
In the sight of the Lord, this is erroneous. He sent His servant, Isaiah, to the children of Israel to warn them against needlessly leaning on the “wisdom of their wise men”. Their thinking disparaged the lowly in the Lord and challenged their Maker. They would not submit themselves to Him as the clay, which does not attempt to teach the potter his craft; but the Lord mocks them and speaks of His support for the poor who trust Him. “The meek also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel”.
Some believers may be physically weak and be persecuted by the men and women of the world for their spiritual convictions to serve the Lord selflessly. They may even be denied their rights and privileges where they work for their uncompromising Christian principles. God assures us that it is not our struggle to be among the fittest that will sustain us. It is His grace and trust in His promises.
Those who filled Jerusalem with Christ’s teachings in the early Church were not the “fittest” in the society at that time. They were “unlearned and ignorant men”; but “they had been with Jesus” who backed them with power. You are the “fittest” if you are a faithful follower of Christ.
Thought for the day
God often turns the feeblest to the fittest.
- in one year
- 1 CORINTHIANS 8 – 11