“Take what you can’t do and put it in God’s hands. Then watch Him take your “can’t” and turn it into something He can.” - Renee Swope
“God loves to use weak people to accomplish His great work.” - Travis Myers
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” - 1 Corinthians 1:27-39
It can be an extremely humbling thing to think over the great hero’s of the faith who accomplished much for God. We can feel rather small when we read about David killing Goliath, Peter preaching on Pentecost, or Moses leading the nation of Israel. Feeling insignificant, we can cower in the face of challenges and adversities. We look inward wondering if we have the strength to accomplish the great task ahead of us. All too often we get discouraged over the supposed truth that God could never use anyone as weak and beggarly as we are.
The reality is that God loves to use weak, small, and simple things to accomplish His incredible will. His intent behind this is so that He get’s all the glory. Almost every character in the Scriptures who accomplished much for God, also failed a great deal and had limitations. David was the runt of the litter, and not even considered when Samuel sought the next king of Israel. Peter quit and went fishing naked after his embarrassing failure of denying the Lord before the crucifixion. Even Moses, the meekest man who ever lived, came from humble beginnings and shortcomings.
Our view of Moses is often tainted by Hollywood blockbusters like “The 10 Commandments” and “Prince of Egypt”. We often forget how the Scriptures portray this eighty year old shepherd, living a life a simplicity on the back side of the desert. Though raised in the education and royalty of Egypt, Moses himself describes his speaking ability as “not eloquent… but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” Even upon Moses return to Egypt, Aaron did the talking before Pharaoh through their first few encounters. Although God used Moses to accomplish some amazing things, the reality was that he was a simple stuttering man. He had tried to take matters into his own hand forty years earlier and made a mess of things… how could God use him?
God loves using the weak, beggarly, simple, plain things of this world to accomplish His great work. If you don’t have some amazing talent, you are just who God loves to use! Today purpose to submit your God given talents to the Lord. No matter how big or small they may be, God can use them in a mighty way. God is not on the look out for mighty, strong, wise people, no He is on the lookout for faithful, willing, humble people who love Him with all their heart.
When you think of the mighty hero’s of the faith, remember their humble begins and shortcomings along the way, there is a reason God included those accounts in the Scriptures. Remember that God loves to use the willing and holy. Be pure and be submissive. Use the influence God has given you, and watch Him expand your ability to make an eternal difference for the cause of Christ.
Daily Scripture Reading
Exodus 4 - 6
(Follow this Scripture Reading Plan to accompany this devotion and read through your Bible in a year)
“That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.”