Many times, we preach about great men in the Bible we never mention that they were ever weak or had certain flaws, we often present them as though they were a perfect breed who were chosen by God for their commitments, faith in God and strength. Presenting it that way often becomes problematic because many baby Christians feels displaced, they feel they need some extra things to do to be approved by God, they feel they need lots of fasting and prayers to be like Paul, by thinking that way, they are simply trying to do the work and get God out of the way.
Every man God used in the Bible had serious marks of un-qualification, they had serious weakness and flaws that should have prevented them but I have come to discover that God has never ever chosen the qualified… At least, in the eyes of men, He skips all the wonderful people to choose the unqualified who might have serious issues and questionable past.
- Noah was a drunk! – Genesis 9:21
- Abraham was old, committed adultery and lied! – Genesis 16:4
- Sarah was an accomplice who aid her husband in committing adultery and she lost hope! – Genesis 16:2
- Isaac was a liar too! – Genesis 26:7
- Jacob was a scammer, a cheat and a greedy fellow! – Genesis 31:20
- Moses was a murderer, he was hot tempered too! – Genesis 27:19
- David was an adulterer, a murderer and more! – 2 Samuel 11
- Elijah was hot tempered and selfish with his anointing! – 2 Kings 1:12
- Almost all the disciples were uneducated, they lacked faith and knowledge! – Act 4:13
- Paul was a murderer, a persecutor, an arrogant fellow! – 1 Corinthians 15:9
I can go on and on to list their weaknesses and what was supposed to make God overlook them and find qualified and educated people. Esau was more morally sound than Jacob, David’s siblings were all more qualified than David but God isn’t considering those things. Paul who experienced how God can transform a man who he uses wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
You see, God uses the weak to shame the strong, He does that to prove that indeed, Him alone is strong! God uses the foolish to shame the wise and bring them to the point they will realise that indeed they are not wise. God wants to take all the glory, He wants people to boast in His strength and not in their own strength. God’s strength is made known in weakness! For God to turn the illiterate Peter into a man who could address crowds of educated business elites, His strength has been made known! By turning Paul who was full of hate and pride into a man who could preach love and humility, His strength and power has been made known. Hear what God said
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 1 Corinthians 12:9
Sometimes, people come to tell us how a certain Pastor has been in the past even while coming up as a minister, they tend to discredit man based on those qualifications but while man judges the physical, God looks at the heart! God is in the business of turning people’s weakness into winning points!
God does not call qualified people, He qualifies those He has called! And it a process, it is not even automatic but a gradual process. Don’t disregard yourself, God has not given up on you neither is He ready to do so… In your struggles, in your weakness, in your ignorance and foolishness… Submit yourself under God’s mighty hand and you will see Him use you greatly!
Using myself as an example, I am not qualified, most unqualified people are more qualified than me… I don’t have what it takes, I don’t have that perfect character people are looking for, I don’t have the charisma that can get people off their seats but when I see God use me to do certain things… I just stand in awe and glorify His majesty! Yes!… That is exactly what God wants! That the whole earth can see His mightiness and give him glory!
In our weakness, God is mighty!
What do you do with your weakness?
You don’t celebrate it, you don’t treat it with light gloves, you don’t smile over it and say “God uses the weak after all… I am waiting to be used”. No! God isn’t looking for people who are waiting to be used, God wants people who have come to be used! You mustn’t let your weakness hinder you
What do you do with your weakness then? You give it over to God! You cannot change yourself, don’t try. God is in the business of changing our heart of stone to heart of flesh! God doesn’t take what you don’t give Him and when you give Him your heart, He gives you a brand new heart like His in return.
In Christ, what happens to the weak is that God lifts the burden of weakness and give them His strength! Hallelujah! Jesus said in Matthew 11:28
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:6-7
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
God cares for you so much that He really wants you to come to your best, he really wants to make the best out of you! It is God’s desire to raise you from nothing to something. It doesn’t matter how bad you have become, it doesn’t matter how old and feeble you have become… God can still make the best out of you, He can still make you become who He has ever wanted you to be but He can’t do it if you do not submit to Him! God bless you!