This morning I'm preparing to preach. As I prayed this morning before the service I thought, "God, you are crazy to use someone like me! I'm completely inadequate for this. What were you thinking???"
And then I thought of the verses in 1 Corinthians 1:26 and following,
26 Brothers and sisters, 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. 27 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. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.
And so I smile. Yes, I'm completely inadequate for this! And that's why God chose me...because I know it. To be honest, the anxiety that causes me is often hard to deal with. I am completely and totally over my head and unqualified to teach God's word and yet he puts me in a place where that is what I do! God must be completely crazy, OR he picks people like me so he will get all the glory. Today, as this inadequate and fearful servant teaches God's word I pray He will get all the glory because I bring nothing but my trembling availability.
May God be glorified!