I couldn’t sleep last night and didn’t have anything queued up on my ipod, so I started listening to the first Harry Potter book. Something that was said by one of the characters got me to thinking. It was a good thing too because I didn’t have any ideas for this week’s blog. I just hope I’m not inadvertently stealing the ideas of a friend who wrote a book on biblical truths found in Harry Potter.
I can’t remember the exact quote but it was in reference to the home Harry grew up in being so plain. They said something to the effect of sometimes from humble beginnings come the magnificent. When I heard this I started thinking of biblical characters that this was true of.
I thought of Moses first. He technically didn’t have humble beginnings since he grew up as royalty in Egypt and was highly educated. He ended up having to flee into the desert to live as a shepherd. When God did call him he thought he couldn’t possibly be used by God. I’m sure it was scary going back home when you’re wanted for murder and God wants you to demand that Pharaoh release all his slaves.
Moses had a great life for the first 40 years. But when called by God he only focused on the bad parts. This is something I find myself struggling with when God tells me to do things out of my comfort zone. I think of what I can’t do and all of the things that could go wrong. I should be focusing on the times God protected me and came through for me. God kept Moses safe when the Egyptians wanted him for murder, he gave him a new job and a wife and children. But he couldn’t see God was always with him and will be this time.
…“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. ~2 Corinthians 12:9b-10
And what about Gideon. (see Judges 6-8) He was in a pit hiding in a pit from the Midianites. And the angel of the Lord greets him as mighty warrior. Gideon is like, “Who? Me?” God definitely has a sense of humor. Gideon said he was from the least tribe, least clan, least family and least of his family. Talk about a low self-image. He kept testing God to make sure he was really hearing right. God kept taking away the number of men. Gideon must have been scared to death. But God used him to hand the Midianites a decisive defeat.
I have gotten better but most times I see myself as lowly when I am called on by God. When I started writing this blog, I thought who cares what I have to say. But every week I average 25-35 readers. It was a surprise to me that so many cared. But I still struggle with fear when I step out in faith. But God has always come through.
Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. ~1 Corinthians 1:26-29
I could write a whole book on different biblical figures but I will only talk about one more for this post. King David came from humble beginnings, screwed up several times but was used by God in mighty ways. He was a lowly shepherd, a profession that is looked down on. When the prophet Samuel told his father to bring his sons because one was supposed to be anointed king it didn’t even cross his mind to include David. That must hurt. And after being anointed he had to wait 20 years before he took the throne and was constantly on the run because King Saul wanted to kill him.
I have trouble waiting one month for something let alone 20 years. If I was David I would have said forget it. But he persevered out of faith.
I hope those who read this will remember not to count themselves out, no matter how bad things get. I definitely need reminded. We might not be used in huge ways like those I talked about, but God will use us. These figures were lucky enough to see the results of their faith and God’s work in their lives. Despite this, they had the same fears and negative self talk that we feel when stepping out in faith. We might not see the results but we can rest assured that God works everything for good for those who love him. Nothing goes to waste.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. ~Ephesians 2:8-10