By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
“God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for his power.” – Jim Cymbala
The people that God used were weaklings. Gideon was cowering in a winepress. Abraham was old. Moses couldn’t speak. David was young.
It makes you think: If God really wanted to defeat the Midianites, why didn’t He use someone brave and qualified? If God really wanted to release the Israelites from under Pharoah, why wouldn’t He send the biggest, baddest, scariest man alive? If God really wanted to make a great nation out of someone, why didn’t He use someone young and fit? If God really wanted to use someone to defeat Goliath, why not send a great warrior with giant biceps and battle scars?
The answer is this: God values humility over proficiency. If you aren’t qualified for what God has called you to do, but you are humble and willing, He will equip you with anything and everything you need to do His will.
When we have found ourselves the lacking and we feel as if we are over our heads, sometimes that is exactly where God wants us to be.
It is when we feel the least capable that we will cry out to God in desperation. It is at our most humble that our potential for God to use us is at its greatest. It is when we are at our lowest that God’s power is at its greatest.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time” (1 Peter 5:6).
This is why God didn’t call the person with the biggest biceps or the greatest warrior. Because the person who humbles themselves before God is able to be used by Him. They don’t let their pride or their will get in the way of what God has in store for them.
Even the humblest of all, Jesus, called us to be humble:
“For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted”
Too many times, we seek being exalted in the world’s eyes and forsake being exalted in God’s eyes. Instead, if we seek humility, we will find that God will exalt us in due time. It is at our lowest that He is able to use us most effectively.
So, seek humility and seek God. Watch as He uses you in a powerful way. Then you will join the ranks of David, Gideon, Abraham, Moses, and many more, who humbled themselves so God could have the forefront.
Parents: Read your children what Jesus said in Matthew 23. Ask them what they think He means. Explain to them how God values humility over proficiency.