The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world!
If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot of damage. You wouldn’t want to just put some numbing agent in the eye, you need to get that thing out of the eye!
Zechariah 4:10 – The world today isn’t a huge fan of small things. The tendency is to reward people who think a lot of themselves and talk a lot about themselves.
Judges 6 and 7 – This is the story of Gideon. God came and asked Gideon to lead forces against the Midianites. Gideon was pretty sure that he and his clan were just too small. Gideon wasn’t enough on his own, he had an army of 32,000 men, but the odds were still 3 to 1. God paired his army down to 300 men!
1 Samuel 17 – This is the story of David and Goliath. Goliath was a big man, he was trained and a battle hardened warrior. David shows up and hears Goliath’s challenge and was ticked off! He eventually went against Goliath without armor. He, a little man with crude weapons, but with God on his side, won a massive victory. His confidence was not in his sling, or his skill, but was in his God whose call he answered.
God sees the abilities that we have and He chooses us based on those, but the most important thing is that we are willing to answer His call. God expects us to use the abilities that He has given us for the benefit of His servants.
Too often we focus on our abilities or our weaknesses. God uses humans, in spite of our weaknesses. He can easily use anyone, but he uses you and me.
What would a job posting for Gods kingdom look like? It probably wouldn’t mention any talents, not because they aren’t important but because God can use any of us. He has created us, He knows us. The question is not whether we are qualified but whether we would answer that job posting.
God won the victory through David. Saul was jealous of David and became very upset. This contrast says a lot of things about each of these two men.
What Are The Instruments that God Uses? – 1 Corinthians 1:22-31 – There are two types of people represented here. The thinkers and the feelers. The Jews wanted a sign, the Greeks wanted a deep philosophy that could stretch their minds.
Paul says that God has chosen us to be where we are, and to be His hands and His feet where we are.
God wants to teach us about His power and Glory. God is the source of all good, if we are successful it is because of His greatness, not because of who we are. God speaks through humans because we hear him better than if He speaks with His mighty voice.
Sometimes we come to Jesus and we almost think He is lucky that we have chosen to follow Him. How absurd. We must humble ourselves before Him and when we work with others.
How we come to people makes all the difference, if we come as the “messenger of God” they will be put off by it, but if we come in humility, sharing what God has done for us, the potential to connect and make a difference.
Luke 6:38 – God works in us through others. We should be givers, when God blesses us He is going to use others to bless us. Just as God works through us, He works through those around us. It would be “easier” in many ways if God would send an angel to “set things right.” God uses men and women around us, and like us.
We must always remember that God is enough even when we don’t feel adequate for situation. It isn’t that God discounts our abilities, but He also doesn’t want us to use our weaknesses as an excuse.
If we don’t listen to and respond to God’s call, He isn’t going to twist our arm. What does it mean to become as a little child? It means trust, it means smallness, a willingness to accept that we have limitations.
Other scriptures used: Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 9:24, 1 Kings 19:11-12, James 4:10