Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A regular person used by an Almighty God.....

I have mentioned before that Adam and I are in the process of reading the Bible through in a year. Both of us have read through the Bible before, but doing it a the same time keeps us accountable and allows us to share new truths as we learn them. Today's schedule brought us to the book of Ruth. I have always loved this story and the characters in them. What girl doesn't love romantic story with a beautiful ending!! There are so many important lessons in this book. We see Ruth's loyalty to Naomi, God's provision for the womens' physical needs, and Boaz's honesty when redeeming Ruth. The part that stood out to me this morning, though, is at the very end of the book, and seems rather insignificant. Naomi is enjoying the chance to cuddle her first grandchild, and the women there named the child.

Ruth 4:17 says, "The women living there said, 'Naomi has a son.' And they named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David."

Fast forward many years to Matthew 1:1 "The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham:"

God in his divine plan used Ruth, a Moabite, to be a direct ancestor to Jesus Christ! It proves once again that the Lord desires to use regular, imperfect people to be a major part of his plan. There are many other illustrations throughout scripture:
Moses - a murderer and stammerer
Rahab - a harlot
Matthew - a dishonest tax collector

These are just a few of the many "normal" people that God used to do great things!! They didn't do the work, instead they let an all-powerful God work through them and their lives! Wait a minute, I'm a regular person, and I assume that my readers are regular people. I know we all have imperfections! That must mean that God desires to do great things in and through us just like these well-known Bible characters!
How are you allowing an Almighty God to use you today??

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Adam Pereira said...

Great thoughts! I am so glad God can use us "ordinary" people! Love you!

Chele said...

I can comment!! lol. This is one of my favorite stories in the Bible. It just goes to prove that nobody is perfect! I always seem to go back to stories like this when I mess up to remind myself that it's okay. He does not disown us!

Hilary said...

What a wonderful truth. It does amaze me that God knows us better than we know ourselves and yet he still chooses to use us. What a Merciful, Wonderful God we have. Thank you for the reminder.

Melissa said...

I find that to be such a comfort! To know that God can use me even though I'm just normal... I'm not the smartest, or the strongest, or the wealthiest. But God can and wants to use me anyway! Praise God!

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord."

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