JUDGES 11:1,2 “Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah. Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.” (NKJV)
JUDGES 11:32,33 “So Jephthah advanced toward the people of Ammon to fight against them, and the Lord delivered them into his hands. And he defeated them from Aroer as far as Minnith—twenty cities—and to Abel Keramim, with a very great slaughter. Thus the people of Ammon were subdued before the children of Israel.” (NKJV)
Nobody could have ever thought that God would use Jephthah the son of a prostitute, the leader of a band of unemployed, vain, poor people to become the commander and leader of Israel who would subdue her enemies. That’s the beauty of our God, He uses the unusable, He works with the unworkable, He makes something that was ugly to that of great beauty.
1 Corinthians 1:27-28 says “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.” You don’t have to be perfect for God to use you; you don’t need talents and abilities for God to use you. God can use you in your weakness and He can make your weakness the stepping stones to your success. Never under-estimate what God can do through you.
The Bible is rich with examples of God achieving great deeds through the unusable –
- God used the barren Sarah to give birth to the son of promise.
- God used the lair Jacob to father the tribes of Israel.
- God used Moses who stammered to lead Israel to freedom and to deliver the laws of God.
- God used the young teenager David to bring down the war veteran and giant Goliath.
- God used the womanizer Samson to bring the Philistines to their knees.
- God used the denier of Christ, Peter, to lead 3000 men to the Lord on the day of Pentecost.
- God used the persecutor Paul to take the Gospel to the corners of the then known Gentile world.
If God can use them who were so unusable then He can use us too! He is a God who uses the unusable.