UNQUALIFIED Kay Keith Peebles

Kay K. Peebles

God chooses unqualified people to represent His Kingdom!  Unqualified:  not having the skills, knowledge, or experience needed to do a particular job or activity.  Meriam-Webster.

King Saul had sinned against God and ignored His commandments, therefore God rejected Saul as king of Israel.  “The LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel?  Fill your horn with oil and be on your way, I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem.  I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”  1 Samuel 1-13 (entire story), Amplified Bible.  Samuel came to Bethlehem with a sacrifice and called out Jesse and his sons to join him in worshipping and sacrificing before the Lord.  Samuel immediately saw Eliab, one of Jesse’s sons and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord. But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Look not on his appearance or at the height of his stature, for I have rejected him.  For the Lord sees not as a man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.’ ” The Lord had picked David, Jesse’s youngest son to be king of Israel.  David seemed so unqualified Jesse didn’t even invite David to join the rest of his sons meeting with Samuel.  It was only after Samuel asked Jesse if he had any other sons that David was even considered, but he was God’s choice.

When David, a youth, stood before the Philistine and Israelite armies to battle the giant Goliath, David appeared most unqualified.  He was too small to handle King Saul’s armor.  He used a simple sling and a rock to destroy the greatest warrior of the Philistine army and incited fear among the enemy.  The unqualified are often overlooked by man, but not by God.

When Jesus began His ministry on earth, He first called forth His disciples whom He would leave in charge to build His church after His death and resurrection.  The first two disciples He called to join Him were Peter and Andrew.  They were brothers who operated their own fishing business.  The Bible says they “cursed” which would be expected of the two crusty working men.  They probably lacked manners, were crude in their speech and obstinate and inflexible in their beliefs.  He then called another pair of brothers who were also fishermen, James and John.  They were called the “sons of thunder”, signifying they might be loud, obnoxious and possibly angry in temperament.

Matthew was another of Jesus’ disciples.  He was among the most hated in Israel because he was a tax collector.  It was common for the tax collectors to exact a little extra tax from the people to line their own pockets.  They were despised, distrusted and loathed.  There was doubting Thomas and of course, Judas, the one who betrayed Jesus.  There is no need to mention the others; I’m sure you get the idea.  None of them were qualified to turn the world upside down, yet they did!

Whether we are electing the president of a nation, the head of an agency, or the CEO of a corporation, history has proven the one most assume to be best qualified may not be the one most successful in the job.  The Bible says we choose by the “appearance” but God looks upon the heart.  One may have the best resume’, but lack the people skills necessary to build a workable team atmosphere at the office.  Another might be the most awarded athlete yet be unable to teach/coach others to develop those same skills.     What we know or can do does not necessarily make us successful in God’s eyes.  He seems to like choosing those the world would consider to be “unqualified”.

Moses questioned God’s selection of him to deliver the Israelites from slavery in Egypt.  He listed his inability to speak fluidly as one of several issues that made him “unqualified”.  Exodus 3:9-4:17 “Now behold, the cry of the Israelites has come to Me, and I have also seen how the Egyptians oppress them.  Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites out of Egypt.  And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt…And Moses answered, But behold, they will not believe me or listen to and obey my voice; for they will say, The Lord has not appeared to you…And Moses said to the Lord, O Lord, I am not eloquent or a man of words, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and have a heavy and awkward tongue.”  The Lord began to become angry with Moses as he continued to disagree with the Lord’s choice for a deliverer for Israel.  “And the Lord said to him, Who has made man’s mouth?  Or who makes the dumb, or the deaf, or the seeing, or the blind?  Is it not I the Lord?  Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and will teach you what you shall say.”  Moses would soon understand that God did not need his help, He needed his cooperation.

It is human nature to question the Lord when He chooses us to do something for Him. We tend to focus upon our inabilities or failures rather than His ABILITY to give us all we need to do the job!  The truth, however, is the fact that God lacks nothing.  He is All-knowing (omniscient), All-powerful (omnipotent), and All-present (omnipresent).  He simply needs our willingness and our obedience.  He applies His ABILITY to our inability, His SUPERNATURAL to our natural, His FAITHFULNESS to our obedience and His ABUNDANCE to our lack.  No matter what our current condition happens to be, when the Lord calls, He is able to provide all we need to succeed in what He has asked us to do.

He is our wisdom and our counsel.  He is our provision and our supply.  He is our strength and our shield.  He leads and guides us and provides us with those who can help us accomplish all He has called us to do.  He teaches us and sends us teachers to equip us.  He enables us to do what we could not do ourselves.  He transforms us as we make Him our priority and trains us to learn whatever is necessary for us to succeed.  If we are willing to obey and determined to persist, nothing will be impossible.

1 Corinthians 1:24-29 explains, “But to those who are called, whether Jew or Greek (Gentile), Christ [is] the Power of God and the Wisdom of God.  [This is] because the foolish things that has its source in] God is wiser than men, and the weak thing [that springs] from God is stronger than men.  For [simply] consider your own call, brethren; not many [of you were considered to be] wise according to certain estimates and standards, not many influential and powerful, not many of high and noble birth.  [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.  And God also selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is lowly and insignificant and branded and treated with contempt, even the things that are nothing, that He might depose and bring to nothing the things that are.  So that no mortal man should have pretense for glorying and boasting in the presence of God.”

Saul of Tarsus was a prominent Pharisee in Jerusalem.  His zeal for the law of God motivated him to seek the new Christian sect members and have them killed.  Saul was filled with the wisdom of men.  After his encounter with the risen Christ, he became Paul and emptied himself of all that he knew in order to be transformed with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.  The Apostle Paul helped to build the first century church.  His letters to the churches are used today to lead, instruct and mature believers all over the world.  He is considered to be the most notable of the Apostles, but Paul had something else to say of himself.  1 Corinthians 2:4-5 Paul writes, “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”

The more inability we have, the greater things God can do through us!  Those who feel disqualified must take their focus off of their inabilities or failures and turn their attention to the Lord’s infinite Wisdom, Power and Strength.  It has never been about us and what we can do, it is totally about the Lord and what He can do through us!

Whenever we pray a prayer that is answered by God, it was not our wisdom or power that succeeded, it was God’s.  Whenever we lay hands upon the sick and they are healed, we are not the healer- God is!  Whenever we encourage someone in their faith at a difficult time it was not our grace we supplied to them, it was God’s.  We are nothing more than a conduit that connects the source of power to the receiver.  Similar to an electric wire or a water hose, the power source sends power through us to those in need.  The only revelation that changes hearts comes from the Lord.  The only power that heals and transforms comes from the Lord.  The only provision or supply that supports another comes from the Lord.  When we submit ourselves to God’s will, speak what He says to speak and do what He says to do, miracles will happen.  The more frequently we do so, the more miracles we will see!

Do not let people, the devil, or your own voice tell you that God cannot or will not use you to touch others for His Kingdom.  He calls the unqualified.  Your stature, intellect, finances or connections do not matter.  All that matters is the unlimited ability of God.  Unqualified?  Expect to see the miraculous!

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