God Qualifies the Unqualified.


"Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety."

- Proverbs 29:25


I used to pass up a lot of opportunities because I didn't think I was ready for them, but now I know that the best preparation is real-life practice.

When I was figuring out how to start my own fashion company, people would often invite me to events so that I could network with celebrities and possibly have them as clients.

And I would turn down their invites EVERY time 🙈.

What do I say when I meet people? What will they think about my work? I would constantly think of excuses for why my work wasn't good enough yet and why I wasn't ready to meet potential clients.

"Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety."

- Proverbs 29:25

I was afraid to put myself out there because I didn't want to be rejected and humiliated about something so close to my heart—my dream.

I've experienced what it feels like to have someone's opinion completely tear me down to the point where I was crying hysterically, and I didn't want to feel that again. So, in my mind, it was better to not put myself out there at all.

At least, not until I was "qualified."

This week, as I was reading the story of David and Goliath (one of my absolute favorites!!), something interesting caught my attention...

"When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, 'Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.'" – 1 Samuel 17:28

When David saw that the Israelites were afraid of Goliath, he started asking questions to find out more about him. His brother, Eliab, overheard him inquiring about the Philistine, and started telling him how wicked and conceited he is.

But the interesting thing is, David was a man of God, so is it possible that Eliab was projecting on David what was truly inside his own heart?

Eliab was trying to discourage David, but he continued asking questions anyway. This is important to note because David did have a responsibility to tend his father’s sheep, so he could’ve listened to Eliab and went home.

But God was calling him to something greater.

And then a little further down in 1 Samuel 17, David was brought to Saul, who was king at the time, and he confidently told him that he will fight Goliath.

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

It's funny how people tend to hold you back from the things that they can’t accomplish themselves. They project their own limitations on you.

But God is calling you to something greater.

The soldiers, who were under Saul's authority, were afraid to "put themselves out there" against Goliath, but David was confident because he was under God's authority. In man's eyes, he was unqualified, but God qualifies the unqualified.

People will try to hold you back from the plans that God has for you, but God qualifies the unqualified.

Obstacles may come against you, but God qualifies the unqualified.

You may not think you're ready, but God qualifies the unqualified.

Saul dressed David in his tunic, put a coat of armor on him, and gave him a bronze helmet. But David wasn't used to being dressed like that to fight. He was a shepherd boy who fought lions and bears on the regular with no armor.

So, he took it off and armed himself with 5 stones and a sling. And then he knocked Goliath facedown with a stone.

God has already supplied you with what you need to be victorious. Use the skills, ideas, resources, and knowledge that you already have, and move forward in faith.

You're ready when God says you're ready!

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You were born to do great things. Use what you have.

- Mags