1 Samuel 10:21-22
20 “Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was chosen by lot. 21 Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the family of Matri was chosen by lot. At last Saul son of Kish was chosen by lot. But when they looked for him, he was nowhere to be found. 22 So they inquired again of the Lord, “Has the man arrived here yet?” The Lord said, “He has hidden himself among the equipment.”“
“But Moses replied to the LORD, “If the Israelites did not listen to me, then how will Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with difficulty?””
“But Moses said before the LORD, “Since I speak with difficulty, why should Pharaoh listen to me?””
1 Corinthians 1:27-28
“But God chose what the world thinks foolish to shame the wise, and God chose what the world thinks weak to shame the strong. 28 God chose what is low and despised in the world, what is regarded as nothing, to set aside what is regarded as something.””
When I was young, I dreaded when teams would be picked by a captain for a sport or game. Not very athletic or popular, I knew what my lot would be. Dead last. The Biblical principle of choosing the weakest for the prized position was not cherished on the school playground. No siree.
God does not see what man sees, or rather, vice versa. Man looks on the outer man and establishes an opinion based on fleshly criteria. God knows all of our thoughts, our sinfulness completely, and chooses us, anyway.
Rather than flaunt His majestic power, time and again God chooses humility. He Himself came humbly in flesh, then He rode in on a donkey. He decreased sizes of armies in the Old Testament to demonstrate He was trustworthy and our sufficiency. He does not need us at all. But He chooses us, anyway.
He chose servants who knew full well they were not capable in their own strength of fulfilling the role God set out for them, but He chose them, anyway – in complete sovereignty and wisdom.
Moses claimed to have a profound speech impediment. I wonder . . . God made allowances and provided for His “weakness” and chose him anyway.
Saul was told that God would change Him and make Him into Who He needed to be for the job that was ahead . . . but he hid “amongst the equipment” during his ordination so no one could find him. I wonder how long he thought that plan was going to work. You can’t play hide and seek too well with a prophet in the house. God chose Him anyway.
By this time, God has shown that He chooses whom He will choose, and that person is never qualified, never superior to the task at hand. He chooses us anyway.
Lord, I do not understand how You could choose someone like me. I cannot fully comprehend Your ways, but I thank You with all my being for revealing Yourself to me. Despite my flaws, You have redeemed me and called me by name. I love You, Lord. Thank You for choosing me, anyway.