“But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not look at his appearance or his statue, because I have rejected him. Man does not see what the Lord sees, for man sees what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7)
Every day, I am amazed and humbled that God would choose to use me in any capacity — much less to be a preacher of the Gospel. But several years ago, someone sent me a list that I have kept to remind me of how God has a different perspective than I do. Think about this…
David’s armor didn’t fit.
John Mark was rejected by Paul.
Hosea’s wife was a prostitute.
Amos’ only training was in the school of fig-tree pruning.
Solomon was too rich.
Abraham was too old.
David was too young.
Timothy had stomach problems.
Peter was afraid of death.
Lazarus WAS dead.
Naomi was a widow.
Paul was a murderer.
Jonah ran from God.
Miriam was a gossip.
Gideon struggled with doubt.
Jeremiah was depressed and suicidal.
Elijah was burned out.
John the Baptist was a loudmouth.
Martha was a worrywart.
Mary was lazy.
Samson had long hair.
What a list! Whenever I read that list I am reminded that the Good News for you and me is that God doesn’t require a traditional job interview. God doesn’t look at the bottom line of financial loss or gain. He’s not prejudiced or partial. God does not judge us based on our worthiness. He judges us according to the worthiness of His Son. The devil looks back and sees our mistakes. God looks back and see the cross of Christ.
There are a lot of reasons why God shouldn’t want me or you. But when we seek His face and when we love Him above all other things, He will use us in spite of who we are, where we’ve been or what we look like.
I, for one, am thankful for that!