Have you ever felt unprepared to do a particular job? It seems like the task is just too great? Like you were too weak? Maybe it’s a project at school or work. Maybe it’s learning a new skill. Maybe it’s moving across the country, far away from family and friends in order to follow God’s leading. Whatever it is, you feel completely inadequate.
You think, “I’m just a stay-at-home-mom. I can’t make an impact on the world.” Or “I don’t have great influence or special skills. God can’t use me.” Maybe you think, “I’m not strong enough (physically, emotionally, spiritually, financially, etc) to be used for God’s kingdom.”
Well, let me offer you some encouragement…God uses the weak! He uses our everyday lives for His glory.
How do I know?
Well, not only have I experienced it in my life, I’ve also read about it in the Bible. Let me give you two quick examples from Judges 3.
Do you know who that is? He was a judge in Israel, but he had a weakness that was evident to a lot of people. He was left-handed. Now in Bible times, being left-handed literally meant that your right hand was weak. In fact, people didn’t say you were “left-handed” or that your left hand was “dominant”, they literally said that your right hand was weak. But Ehud was able to use his weakness to bring down a king and deliver the Israelites from bondage.
How? He was crafty. He used an “normal” occurrence (paying tribute to King Eglon) to slay 10,000 Moabites. You see, he built a two-edge sword and secured it to his right thigh, because he was left handed. So when King Eglon’s guards checked him for weapons, they didn’t check is right thigh, they checked his left thigh and he was able to be in the king’s presence with his sword. He also used his acquaintance with the king to gain private access to him and stab him with the sword. Then, as the king was bleeding out, Ehud sneaked out of the room and the guards thought the king was “relieving” himself. HA! God used a “weak handed” servant to defeat the King and 10,000 Moabites. Israel then rested for 80 years! God DOES use our weaknesses!
Let’s take a QUICK look at Shamgar, the next judge of Israel. I’ve talked about him before over here, but Shamgar impresses me because he was an ordinary guy who used what he had and what he knew to defeat the enemy. He used a simple oxgoad and his faith in God to strike down 600 Philistines and saved Israel.
So, God can AND DOES use our weaknesses and our everyday lives for His glory…IF WE LET HIM!
What about you? Are you going to let you God use you as a stay-at-home-mom, or an ordinary, everyday weakling to impact His Kingdom and change the world?