It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe (1 Corinthians 1:21, Kings James Version).
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:20–25
Song: “Rescue the Perishing”
The minister sensed my interest in becoming a minister myself. So he asked me to share a short, 15-minute message for the vesper hour. Vespers were held an hour before the regular evening service and were normally attended by only a handful of people. Since I had never preached before, my mentor showed much wisdom in scheduling this inexperienced teenager for the early service.
For my text I chose Proverbs 30:26, a verse about conies being “a feeble folk.” Having no idea what conies were, I substituted squirrels. It was a monumental mistake. Half way into my message, a man raised his hand and blurted out that conies were rabbit-looking woodchucks that lived in high rocky crags, not pine trees.
I could feel my preaching career coming to an abrupt end. Flustered, I stumbled through the rest of my message and ended with a lengthy prayer—giving people ample time to leave the sanctuary. Instead, they lined up to thank me. And I discovered an interesting thing about the foolishness of preaching that day—it works.
Lord, help me to prepare well when I have to speak. But do make up the difference between my foolishness and Your wisdom. In Jesus’ name, amen.
“It Works” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2010 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.