God delights in using the unlikely. In fact, He even uses the unwilling! If you think there is no way God can use you because of your limitations, I would like you to take a look at some examples of people from the Bible who would never have been chosen by men for the tasks God had in mind for them.
Moses is a prime example. God did not use Moses when most people would have thought He should, when he was a prince. That would have been too easy, because then people would think it was Moses’ accomplishment and not God’s. No, God only used him after he had been exiled and shamed, when almost everyone would have written him off as useless. Not only that, but apparently Moses had a problem speaking. Take a look at Exodus chapter 4, verses 10 through 12, which say, “And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.'”
After that explanation from God, you would think Moses would say, “Yeah, you’re right, God! I can do this!” But no, even after God’s rebuke, Moses was still unwilling to speak to Pharaoh on God’s behalf. But even then God didn’t give up on Moses. He still used him to free the Israelites, but since Moses was so reluctant to speak himself, God allowed Moses to use his brother, Aaron, to speak the words of the Lord to Pharaoh. Not only was Moses an unlikely and a very unwilling subject, it is estimated that when he returned to Egypt he was 80 years old! His resume for this job wasn’t very impressive. In essence, God used an old, unwilling man with a probable speech impediment to accomplish great things. Who on earth would have chosen him as the ideal candidate for the job?
In my next few posts, we will look at more unlikely candidates God used for greatness. Hopefully you will see that despite your limitations, God can use you greatly!