The God of the Underdogs

by | 202204, Devotionals

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Narrated by Peter Kairuz & Written by Beng Alba-Jones

Kaya nga, pasakop kayo sa kapangyarihan ng Panginoon at dadakilain niya kayo pagdating ng takdang panahon.

1 Pedro 5:6

Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? Sa teleseryeng Mara Clara, we feel for Mara tuwing minamaltrato siya ni Clara. We know that she deserves better treatment and root for her up to the very end. We want to see characters like her overcome obstacles and succeed.

In real life, it’s not just many of us who are behind the underdogs. The God of the universe is. For instance, He was with David, the shepherd boy, who faced the giant of a warrior, Goliath. With a slingshot, David defeated the enemy and brought God the glory. He also called Moses who was busy tending sheep to lead His people out of Egypt. Like many underdogs, Moses didn’t feel qualified to do something great. “… Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?’” (Exodus 3:11). God calmed His chosen servant’s fear by saying, “I will be with you.” That was all Moses needed to know.

In the New Testament, Jesus, God in flesh, opened His heart to the underdogs, too. Among His 12 disciples, we find ordinary folks: fishermen who knew more about casting nets than teaching the Law, and a tax collector shunned by the people. Jesus was not afraid to talk to the outcasts. Who can forget Him touching lepers, talking to the Samaritan woman, and forgiving the thief next to Him on the cross?

The next time you feel weak, small, and worthless, remember that God sees the best in you. He loves you so much that He even gave His Son, Jesus, for you (See John 3:16). You might think you’re an outcast and an underdog in this world, but you will always be welcome in the Kingdom of God. At gaya ng pangako ng 1 Pedro 5:6, dadakilain ka Niya pagdating ng takdang panahon.

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Dear Jesus, thank You for believing and loving me, imperfect and flawed though I may be.


Do you know anybody who is struggling with his/her self-esteem and feeling like an underdog? Reach out to this person and tell him/her about God’s unconditional love.  



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