Do you ever find yourself wondering why God would choose you?
Let’s see what the bible has to say about why God chooses people to carry out his plans.
1. God created you. He knew everything you would go through and how to use the experiences you would have to shape you into who he created you to be.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:5 ESV
He grew up in a palace in Egypt and had to flee because he murdered a man (he had a dark past). He then went into the wilderness and dwelled there for years before God called him. God called him and Moses questioned God and said “who am I that I should lead the people out of Egypt?”(Exodus 3:11). Not realizing at this moment that God was asking him to lead others out of what he had already gone through. God used his past to prepare him for his future. No matter who, what, where, when, or how it happened God will use it for your good and his glory (Romans 8:28).
2. God’s opinion of you outweighs anyone else’s opinion of you. God knows you better than anyone else. Human beings only see people based on their own understanding of the person. This understanding is usually surface level based on appearences and personal beliefs but God looks deeper than that. Just because a person looks the part does not always mean that they can handle the task. God chooses people based on their character (your mental and moral qualities).
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”
1 Samuel 16:7 ESV
David was chosen out of all his brothers to be the next King. Nobody thought it would be him when it was time to anoint the next king in his fathers home because he was overlooked by his own family. Yet, God saw a leader in David because of how well he took care of the sheep he would tend to on a daily basis. He protected them, fed them, and watched over them. This is what prepared him to tend to the people when he became King. His brother may have looked the part and been considered a better warrior but it was David who had the character to be King in God’s eyes.
3. God wants to use you because he created you for a purpose. He has good plans for you regardless of what you have experienced in life. Even if you feel burdened by your past or overwhelmed by your mistakes, God still wants to give you a bright future.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV
Jesus predicted that Peter would deny him and Peter swore up and down that he would NEVER. He even went as far as defending Jesus when they came to arrest him by cutting off one of the soldier’s ears. Yet, he ended up denying Jesus three times in the exact way that Jesus predicted (Luke 22:61-62).
Now I know this looks bad but Peter did this out of fear of being arrested and our Lord being compassionate and merciful understood this. Peter, just like many of us is flawed. Yet, the Lord still used him to work miracles and lead many to Christ. Remember that Peter only did this AFTER he messed up. This is a perfect representation of how God redeems us through our experiences. May we never think that we messed up too much in life to be used by God.
4. He knows what you are made of.
When the devil was looking for someone to destroy God told him that he should try Job. Job was someone God trusted to never give up on trusting him. The devil took everything from Job and he still believed in God and never cursed God in the process. Job became a testimony of faith in God through every circumstances and this example is used to encourage many believers til this day.
“And the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil? He still holds fast his integrity, although you incited me against him to destroy him without reason.”
Job 2:3 ESV
Why would God use you? Should not even be the question you should ask yourself. The real question to start to ask yourself is HOW will God use you?