January 15, 2015

God Calls the Willing, not Necessarily the Able

In the same manner as most people, I have many weaknesses. Honestly, I am amazed that my imperfect body and brain have gotten me this far. Every day is an incredible struggle. Even so, I have been chosen to fulfill certain responsibilities. I am a wife, mother, writer, and a host of other things.

Frankly, the amount of obligations I fulfill daily is staggering compared to what my capabilities appear to be. God has chosen a weak vessel.

I flatter myself that I am more diligent in my duties than some individuals. However, that certainly doesn’t mean that I am more skilled at my duties. It merely signifies that my responsibilities were given to me—and me alone—for a purpose.

The quote above is taken from the story of when the prophet, Samuel, was directed to choose a new king from among Jesse’s sons. He had quite a few sons; but, God hadn’t called any of the older, more “qualified”, sons. Samuel was directed to ask Jesse to bring the shepherd, David, in from the field. David was the youngest, and smallest, of the family. He was the least “able”; yet, he was anointed to be the king of Israel—twenty years in the future.

David is not the only case of an ill-equipped person being given responsibilities in the Bible. Many of the disciples and prophets dealt with a lack of money, academic training, social standing, and self-confidence. Some of them also dealt with anger and depression.

Judas Iscariot was the only disciple with worldly “qualifications”. He was a learned, respected man from Jerusalem. Yet, he was the one who betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

My book

In my book, Accept No Trash Talk, I discuss many examples of prominent people who would not have been expected to succeed early in their careers: I reference people who overcame prejudice, such as Jackie Robinson. I mention people who overcame medical difficulties, such as Teddy Roosevelt and Helen Keller. I also note individuals who struggled in their careers, such as Henry Ford and Alexander Graham Bell.

My Conclusion

Throughout history, and throughout the Bible, the most successful individuals were often those who were least expected to find success. That’s good news for those of us who struggle with trials daily.

Though some of us have a hard time admitting it, none of us are perfect; but, that’s okay. We don’t have to be perfect to be loved and accepted by God. God qualifies those who he chooses. God strengthens us.

How have you found strength beyond yourself?

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