The Story – Week 2

An unlikely Star

Have you ever watched a movie and thought that the lead character was just cast wrongly? That they just didn’t seem to fit the role that they were given.  If you have ever read a Jack Reacher action book, you will know that the lead character, Jack Reacher is a tall, ex-military man.  You think someone like the Rock – or a Dolf Lundgren type person in his hay day (if you don’t know these people – just think someone big with lots of muscles!)  However as they cast Jack Reacher – they decided on 5ft 7inch Tom Cruise!  Just didn’t quite fit the Reacher that is described in the book.

Imagine now you are casting for a show that needed a leading man and lady to play the part of the spellbinding story of a clan that builds a powerful, world impacting family tree – that becomes a focal point in the worlds history.  You can imagine you might need a powerful man, a beautiful woman – people of influence and fame.  However, as you look around, all you have to choose from are 75 year old men and 65 year old women… not what you assume would be needed for that role!

And yet, this is what God has chosen.  His movie called for a couple to launch a new nation, one that would impact the entire world. As he would say, a nation through whom “all the nations of the earth would be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

Abram and Sarai stand there, adorned perhaps by dusty old robes and crowned with wispy white hair and loosely fitting skin and as confused as anyone else.  God chose them to begin a nation? An unlikely pair, especially after factoring in the fact that Sarai was barren.  How could God expect to start a nation with a woman who could not bear children?

To complicate the story line, it will be 25 more years before they actually have their child of promise.  By that time Abram and Sarai will be 100 years old and 90 years old, respectively (and their names will be changed to Abraham and Sarah).  And the rest, as they say, is history.  His story.

God picks people you and I wouldn’t necessarily select to take part in his story. In fact sometimes we are shocked who plays the starring roles in his stories.  Unlike the way we do business, he taps people, not merely because of their abilities, but for their availability.  God searches for people who are open to be used by Him. Since God uses only those who are willing to be used for His purposes, there is no doubt that it is God who is doing the wonder- working.  Let there be no doubt, throughout history He is the one making things happen.

That’s good news, isn’t it?  In the business world, you may not have a great pedigree.  In academics, you may not be a Scholar.  You may not have a lot of money and you may have average looks. But you may be sitting in a pretty good position to be a top pick for God’s work.

Blessings as you faithfully obey

Pete

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