God uses 'unlikely ones'

Have you ever had times where you've felt like an unlikely candidate?

Have you ever had doubts as to whether you can complete the task at hand?

Are you unsure whether you are in the right position or if you will be accepted because of your past?

Time and time again, we read in God's Word about how He uses what might be considered the least likely people to bring about His plans and advance His kingdom; seemingly ordinary people, who by His power, do extra-ordinary things.

We read in the Bible about a group of brothers; soldiers nonetheless, and then there was the youngest, a shepherd boy named David. David, the least likely to show promise, defeats the giant Goliath with a sling and a stone, through faith in the might of God (1 Samuel 17). The small defeats the large. David later became a great king, a man after God's own heart (1 Samuel 3:14), who despite his flaws, waited on God and served His people.

How about a Hebrew man named Moses? At the time God called Moses to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt, he was living a seemingly ordinary life with his family. Moses had doubts, 'I can't stand before Pharoah; a king, I'm not eloquent, my speech is slow'. God reminded Moses that He would certainly be with him (Exodus 3 and 4). We see how God later worked through Moses to deliver the Israelites from slavery; Moses did many other great feats such as parting the red sea and helping the Israelites to obey the Lord.

And how about a man, born of a virgin, 'can anything good come out of Nazareth?' (John 1:46). He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him (Isaiah 53:2). We read in the gospels how Jesus of Nazareth healed the sick and gave sight to the blind, through great intimacy with God the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus, who died for our sins and rose from death to life, so that we would be reconciled to God and experience this same level of intimacy with God for eternity, and do even greater works (John 14:12). Jesus' disciples were un-schooled, ordinary men (Acts 4:13) who went on to turn the world upside down.

To God be the glory! He can do much with little, qualifying us even where there is doubt. He uses the ordinary to accomplish His extra-ordinary plans. He can use unlikely ones like you and me, to advance His kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven, and 'best of all, God is with us' (John Wesley).

What is God calling you to do today?

- Venetia Williams

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