The Right People For The Job.
God chose many people that were not always enthusiastic to carry out His plans. Often these doubters failed to see His design for them because they believed more in their own shortcomings or decisions than in His great power. But God, in His time, showed all of them His way. That lead to their eventual willingness to place all trust in God, birthing their significant roles in the history of Christ.
Circumstance: Abram was ninety-nine years old when the LORD appeared to him. God proclaimed He would make a covenant with Abram and make him father of many nations.
Abram’s response: Genesis 17:17 Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?”
God’s Truth: Abram (meaning “exalted”), was renamed Abraham (meaning “father of many”) by God. Abraham became the father of God’s people – the entire Jewish nation with descends too numerous to count.
Circumstance: Sarai, Abraham’s wife, was renamed Sarah by God. Sarah was 89 years old when she overheard three strangers tell Abraham that the following year she would give birth to a son.
Sarah’s response: Genesis 18:12 So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?”
God’s Truth: Sarah became pregnant and gave birth to Isaac, the first descendent of God’s promise to Abraham. Isaac married Rebekah and their second son, Jacob, became the father of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Circumstance: Moses was tending his father-in-law’s flock at Horeb, the mountain of God. While there, God told Moses He was sending Moses to Egypt to speak to the Pharaoh about freeing God’s people the Israelites from slavery.
Moses’ response: Exodus 3: 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
God’s Truth: God sent ten plagues, along with other miracles, that all helped Moses change the mind of the Egyptian Pharaoh and free the Israelites, God’s chosen people.
Circumstance: The Israelites were doing evil, so God gave them into the hands of the Midianites. God allowed the large number of Midianites to ruin the Israelite’s crops and kill their livestock. After seven years of destruction, God came to Gideon and told him to save the Israelites.
Gideon’s response: Judges 6:15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
God’s Truth: Gideon organized an army of 32,000 men, but God said that was too many. God wanted the battle recognized as won through Him, not because of the number of fighters. So the very large army was cut down to 300 men. And these men, lead by Gideon, surprise attacked the vast Midianite camp by loudly blowing trumpets. The startled Midianites turned on each other and Gideon won.
Circumstance: Zechariah the priest and his wife Elizabeth were still childless at a very old age. But they both continued to pray for a child. Then Gabriel, the angel of the Lord came to Zechariah and told him Elizabeth would have a son and they were to call him John.
Zechariah’s response: Luke 1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
God’s Truth: Elizabeth did have a son, but because Zechariah doubted, he was unable to speak until John was born. And John grew up to become John the Baptist, a God appointed messenger who announced the coming of Jesus Christ.
Circumstance: Thomas was one of the original twelve disciples selected by Jesus. He was also one of many who abandoned Jesus at His arresting. When Jesus resurrected He came to the group of His disciples but Thomas was not among them.
Thomas’ response: John 20:24-25 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
God’s Truth: A week later the disciples, including Thomas, were together in a locked room. Jesus appeared to them, specifically showing Thomas His pierced hands.
Circumstance: After Jesus had resurrected, the number of believers began to grow. Paul was an educated and devout Jew who wanted nothing more than to persecute anyone who believed and helped Christ’s church grow.
Paul’s response: Acts 8:3 But Saul [Paul] began to destroy the church. Going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison.
God’s Truth: Jesus met Paul on the road to Damascus. After this encounter, Paul was nothing less than a staunch convert, committing his life – to the point of death – to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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