In a previous blog I wrote about how most of America doesn’t expect much from teenagers and as a result those teenagers don’t try to achieve much. Well if you are a young adult take hope and be encouraged because not only can you do great stuff at your young age but God has an excellent track record of using young people, average people, misfits, unqualified people and sinners for great things that changed Biblical history.
God chooses to use people not based on their qualifications but based on their willingness to be used.
The common denominator among all of these people is that they trusted the Lord and obeyed, even with one simple decision as small as hiding two prophets in your house (Rahab), moving camp (Abram), going up a mountain with your dad (Isaac), and not forgetting about God (David).
I hope you read these short biographies and are inspired, God does not play favorites, as long as you are alive and have some faith, you have everything you need.
David – A 17 year old sheep herder who was the least of his brothers, even his dad did not see him fit to be picked by Samuel for the future King. However God called him to be the next King and he was anointed by Samuel. He defended his fold of sheep from a bear and a lion and later defended Israel against an evil giant. David did not have a clean record though, he eventually crumbled in fear of Saul, committed adultery with Bathsheeba, killed her husband to clear his tracks, disobeyed God’s commands on marriage and did not raise his children very well. Yet David’s character was one that was moldable in God’s hands, he knew the importance of repentance, and humbleness. God continued to use David even though he messed up and came from humble, unlikely beginnings. His intimate relationship with the Lord is evident in the authorship of numerous Psalms.
Josiah – After his father died he became king at 8 years old and reigned for 31 years. His passion for Judah to obey the scriptures held off the wrath of God for the peoples earlier idolatry. He removed all the pagan and idolatrous priests and objects from the temple. Josiah is one of the few Kings of Judah/Israel that is not recorded to of sinned against God by worshiping other gods.
Rahab – A gentile prostitute living in Jericho before it was destroyed. She protected 2 Israelite spies when they scoped out the land in defiance of her evil government and in turn was saved along with her family from the destruction of the city. Rahab later married one of the spies she housed earlier and in turn became David’s Great-Great-Great-Grandmother. This means Rahab was an ancestor of Jesus Christ and she wasn’t even a Jew!
Moses – A Jewish baby boy born of normal parents that are barely mentioned in the Bible, because of the Pharaoh’s infanticide Moses’s mother floated him down the Nile where he was adopted by Pharaoh’s house. Through God’s care and provision He allowed Moses’s own mother to become the personal nanny of her own son while he grew up in Pharaoh’s house. Moses was like the Jesus of the Old Testament in that through him God delivered the Israelites out of the slavery of Egypt. Even though Moses murdered an Egyptian, escaped the wrath of Pharaoh, and didn’t obey God in the dessert God used him as one of the most memorable characters in Jewish history.
Mary – A young Jewish girl of humble character and submission to God. She was used as the vessel who gave birth to the human in whom God dwelt. The holy spirit overshadowed her and miraculously caused her to be pregnant. Though she didn’t understand how it was going to work, she trusted in God and become the mother of the Savior of the world.
Abraham – Was most likely raised worshiping other gods (perhaps the sun and moon) because his father Terah was a pagan (Joshua 24:2). Despite Abrams heritage God spoke to him directly and gave him a great promise, Abram obeyed and left with his wife, nephew and some others at the age of 75. Because he walked by faith and listened to God he became to Father of Israel and the Jews.
Meshack, Shadrack, & Abednego – Three young Jewish boys could have been between 13 and 20 were captured when Nebuchadnezzar took over Judah. They were taught the Babylonian culture yet remained faithful to God in an alien nation. These three men along with their friend Daniel were gifted in wisdom and had favor even with an evil king simply because they lived for God.
Isaac – As a young boy he served as a chief Old Testament example of the New Testament savior – Jesus Christ. He trusted his father, went up the hill with the wood on his back and laid down his life in obedience to God. Luckily God only meant this as a test for Abraham’s obedience and to serve as a prophetic image of Jesus on the cross who would die on the same hill that Isaac would have been sacrificed on.
Ehud – God used this man to deliver Israel from the King of Moab who had defeated Israel. Elud was a left handed man, but it is interesting to notice that the word that is translated “left handed” in Judges 3 actually means bound, impeded (on the right), shut, shut up. So Ehud actually had a disabled hand, he was handicapped (no pun indented) yet God used him. God can even use you if you have a disability, anything is possible for Him.
Mephibisheth – Another man with a physical handicap. Mephiboshet was the son of Jonathan who was the son of Saul. When Mephibosheth was 5 years old the news of Saul and Jonathan’s death came to the town and there was a massive evacuation, during this chaos Mephiboshet was dropped and his feet were permanently disabled from then on. Later in his life David asks for any survivors of Saul’s family to come to him, Mephibosheth thinks it is so David can wipe out Saul’s line because of Saul’s wickedness towards David but instead David wants to show mercy to him. David gives Mephibosheth the right to live with him in the Kings household for the rest of his life. Another use of an unlikely person to show a prophetic picture of the coming savior.