Think God Can’t Use You?

Jacob was a liar; Leah was ugly

Genesis 27:1-46

Reference: But he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and took your blessing.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭27‬:‭35‬ NIV)

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Noah was a drunk
Abraham was too old
Isaac was a daydreamer
Jacob was a liar
Leah was ugly
Joseph was abused
Moses had a stuttering problem
Gideon was afraid
Samson was a womaniser
Rahab was a prostitute
Jeremiah & Timothy were too young
David has an affair and was a murderer
Elijah was suicidal
Isaiah preached naked
Jonah ran from God
Naomi was a widow
Job went bankrupt
Peter denied Christ
The disciples fell asleep while praying
Martha worried about everything
The Samaritan woman was divorced
Zaccheus was too small
Paul was too religious
Timothy had an ulcer

Application: Reading through Genesis 27 I knew what was coming. Jacob, one of the fathers of our faith, deceives his father so he can get the blessing meant for his older brother.

I know the story well, yet, I had hoped it would have changed this time round. How can our faith involve such a broken story?

But then I was reminded of my own story. It is broken in many places, but I feel God uses me.

In fact, if you go through the list above you will see the Bible is filled with broken people involved in broken stories. God, however, was still willing to use them in a powerful way in thousands of people’s lives.

Are you broken? If your answer is “yes” you need to be careful. God might just use you in a powerful way too!!

Prayer: Lord, You have an amazing way of taking what is broken and making it into something beautiful. I offer my broken life to you today. May my beauty come from You, and You alone. Amen.

From the list above, who do you most connect yourself to?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.