GOD AND OUR LIMITATIONS
Suppose a young man told you he wanted to become a runner. But he had scoliosis—curvature of the spine—and, as a result, one leg was half and inch shorter than the other. And due to that difference, his stride was uneven. Topping it off, he wasn’t built the way “good” runners should be built, which is about six feet tall and somewhat muscular. What would you counsel that young man? Would you suggest he consider a different event, one where he’d surely have greater success?
The above description is of Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter known as the fastest man on earth. He is the world record holder in both the 100 meter and the 200 meter races. And he is the only person ever to win both those events in three Olympics. So clearly his physical limitations haven’t kept him from achievement in his chose field.
Similarly, if someone were considering being a spokesman for God’s people, would you consider it a “deal-breaker” if he had a speech impediment? What if he just wasn’t very good at public speaking? God called and powerfully used both Moses and Paul despite what they—or others—saw as limited speaking abilities (Exodus 4:10; 2 Corinthians 11:6). He took the same approach in calling a special people (Deuteronomy 7:7; compare 1 Corinthians 1:26-31).
Perhaps you see yourself as unable to serve God in any significant way due to some limitation on your part. But it has been wisely noted that God isn’t nearly as concerned with our ability as He is with our availability. Serving God isn’t about showing off our own abilities, anyway, but about glorifying God. To that end, he delights in using those who will be available to Him, whatever their limitations are.
Are you available?
Dr. Paul Ratzlaff 8.13.2017