Romans 4:18-21, In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised.
Abraham was unqualified to be the father of God’s nation. His relatives were pagans who worhipped other gods. He didn’t grow up in the church. He and his family lived really far away from what would become the promised land for the Israelites (his descendants). And he and Sarah were beyond the childbearing years, which no children meant no people to inhabit God’s nation. It can be argued Abraham did not have the qualifications to be the father of God’s nation.
However, Abraham did not doubt God. He knew God was able to do what He promised He’d do. And He fulfilled His promise, didn’t He? He gave Abraham and Sarah a son, Issac, and his descendants became the nation of Israel and we Christians are his spiritual descendants (see Romans 4). God didn’t care about whether or not Abraham was qualified; He chose him because He knew He could use him. If God has called us to do something, then we must be capable of doing it. If we were incapable, He would not have called us to do it.
Don’t be like me where I feel the call to be a pastor, go to school, leave the pre-seminary programme for a year, and then end up going back to it because God revealed to me I am meant to be a pastor. I used my introverted personality as an excuse, the fact that I’m not overtly happy all the time like most Christians and even pastors, and the fact that I didn’t really grow up in the church. I let my own doubts get a hold of me. I doubted my abilities, and I doubted God’s call for me. I believed that because I don’t have the qualifications, then I’m not qualified to be a pastor. But that’s not how God works. God doesn’t called the qualified, He qualifies the called.
After I left the pre-seminary programme and started studying business marketing and human resources, people kept asking me if I was going to be a pastor when I’d talk about Scripture and when I would say no, they would be surprised and say, “You’d be a good pastor.” That was part of God’s assurance to me for my call as well as my love for the biblical languages and my passion for theology and teaching God’s Word. Eventually, through these assurances, God made it obvious to me to go on the path that He has set before me. I may not be qualified, but God has called me to the pastoral office anyway and He will make me qualified.
I’ve been focusing a lot on our calling for the past couple weeks, using Abraham and Noah as examples. You may have noticed this. It is because our calling is extremely important. We never know how God may use us in extraordinary ways. Look at how He used Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jonah, and many other men and women in the Bible as unqualified people to do extraordinary things in His will.
What is your calling? It doesn’t have to be specifically spiritual or in the ministry, or something extremely heroic. God may call us to serve in the secular world. Consider what your calling may be. How much do you trust God with it? Trust Him completely, because if He can get Noah and his family through the world’s largest flood, bring Abraham and his family across the ancient near east, use Moses to free the Hebrew slaves, use Jonah to preach repentance to Nineveh, and use Esther to save her people, then certainly He will be with you in whatever He has called you to do.