1 Corinthians 1:26-27 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 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;
Isn’t it strange that God chooses the most unlikely people to do some of the greatest things? Why? Probably because God understands that when a man feels unworthy to do His work, that man will give God the credit when he accomplishes anything.
Think about Moses. He had murdered an Egyptian. I am sure that he was very fearful when God spoke to him about leading the Israelites out of Egypt. Although Moses must have felt like a failure, God could see He could use Moses.
Think about Jonah…he was a racist. He hated the Ninevites and wanted nothing to do with them, yet God told him, “I want you to go and preach to the people of Nineveh.”
What about Gideon? When he heard the angel tell him, “Gideon, you are a mighty man of valor.” Gideon probably thought, “Who are you talking to? I’m sure not a mighty man of valor.”
Judges 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
God met Gideon as he was threshing wheat in a winepress. Normally, a person would thresh wheat out in the open, so that the wind would blow away the chaff. It appears that Gideon was hiding from the Midianites in an underground winepress. He was probably discouraged and fearful. God saw more in Gideon than Gideon saw in himself.
And…then there was Peter. Although he was impulsive and denied the Lord three times, he became an anointed apostle who did mighty miracles and preached powerfully in public.
God is patient with us as our faith progresses. He meets us right where we are with what we need to minister for Him. Success is not determined by our power but by God’s power.
God doesn’t see us for what we are; He sees us for what we can become. The Lord chooses unlikely people so that He can get the glory. God is not looking for ability…He’s looking for availability. All He needs is for us to say, “Here I am, Lord. Use me.”