Life certainly isn’t perfect…in fact, many times; it gets down-right difficult. It may be that during these dark times that we sometimes lose our self-esteem and self-confidence. We question the quality of our lives and become uncertain about the gifts, talents, and abilities that we have been given. We find ourselves saying to ourselves, “I’m not perfect. I have all kinds of problems. I have no ability. I have no gifts. I’m just not worthy. Why would God want me? HE wouldn’t want to use somebody like me.”
Well, consider these well-known Biblical individuals who ALL had flaws and WEAKNESSES in their lives but God used their STRENGTHS to glorify Him and help others….
Cain killed his brother Able.
John Mark deserted Paul.
Timothy had ulcers.
Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Jacob was a liar.
King David had an affair.
Solomon was too rich.
Jesus was too poor.
Abraham was too old.
Rahab was a prostitute.
David was too young.
Peter was afraid of death.
The man on one side of Jesus while He was on the cross was a thief.
Lazarus was dead.
John was self-righteous.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a persecutor of the church.
Moses was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God’s will.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon and Thomas both doubted.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worry-wart.
Noah got drunk.
Did I mention that Moses had a short fuse?
So did Peter, Paul – well, lots of folks did.
But here’s the good news…God doesn’t require a job interview for salvation. He’s our Heavenly Father. He doesn’t look at financial gain or loss. He’s not prejudiced or partial, not judging, grudging, sassy, or brassy, not deaf to our cry, or blind to our needs. He knows who we are and what we are and loves us in spite of ourselves. God is ALWAYS with us. Whenever it seems like God is far, far away, remember…He’s not the one who moved. All we have to do is ask Him and He will comfort us, give us a sense of peace, and draw us closer to Him.
Sure, there are lots of reasons why God shouldn’t call us. But if we are in love with Him, if we hunger for Him, He’ll use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been, what we have done, or the fact that we are not perfect!