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Reepicheep – an expert swordsman who just happens to be a rather large mouse – almost slices up Prince Caspian. Caspian is flabbergasted because, as he says, “You’re a mouse.” He didn’t think anyone that small could beat him so easily.
With the introduction of the brave, loyal, and daring character Reepicheep, C.S. Lewis again brings in the “upside-down and backwards” issue – that God’s ways of accomplishing His purposes are usually the opposite of what we would expect. God uses children to fulfill His will. He uses the small to conquer the mighty. He uses the weak to confound the strong.
This foundational truth is seen throughout Scripture. There probably isn’t an incident that illustrates this teaching any clearer than when God chose David to be the King of Israel. When David’s oldest brother came before Samuel, the prophet took one look at the strapping young man standing before him, and thought to himself, “This must be the one.” But God told Samuel, in no uncertain terms:
“Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Samuel 16:7)
This is a crucial issue to learn. For most teenagers, a persons’ worth and his or her “class” or “crew” are often determined by how she or he looks. Clothing. Body size and shape. Gadgets. Shoes. Those are how most kids are “sized up” by their peers.
But, none of that matters to God.
What really counts is the “heart” – character, attitude, ambition, creativity, and compassion. What is inside means far more than what is outside. Galatians 2:6 says, God does not judge by external appearance.
And neither should we.
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