The Always Unqualified
â€œThen the Lord raised up judges, who saved them out of the hand of those who plundered them.â€
â€â€Judgesâ€¬ â€2:16â€¬ â€ESVâ€¬â€¬
“We will give you a small truck and some tools. We don’t really have knowledge of the equipment you’ll be working on. You’ll just have to figure it out. Can you do it?” That was the job description I was given, and yet I knew that this was the interview God has told me to take and the job He would give me: a job for which I felt wholly unqualified. I would eventually excel at this part of that career because He had prepared me ahead of time, and not because of anything I’d seen in me but because of who He was. His faithfulness would make me someone I’d never been before. His abilities to change me into someone more capable and confident was evident.
Throughout the Bible, God stretches those who seem unqualified to reach goals that previously seemed beyond their grasp. An old man would spend his life saving the world through a boat. An elderly man and woman would bear the ancestors of an entire chosen people. A man with a speech impediment was chosen to speak for a nation.
Nowhere is God’s ability to qualify the unqualified more evident than in the judges. Gideon was found by an angel on the floor of a wine press threshing wheat. He was so unsure of his abilities to lead that, as one of my friends put it, he thought the angel was trolling him. But make no mistake. This wasn’t from God’s lack of strong people to choose from. This is so that, time and time again, He can show that our abilities cannot accomplish His purposes without Him first equipping us. Those who feel they should lead are usually the ones who would steer the ship into the rocks, and those who feel the least qualified are the ones who will turn to Him in humility. Even in Gideon’s greatest battle, God would scale back the army until the only battle truly being fought was the enemy fighting themselves to death against their own fears.
My prayer for you this week is that you would trust God in your “un-qualifications”. I pray that you would not make decisions based on your present qualifications to do them, but whether or not God is calling you to them knowing that the He will always qualify the called.