When I ask myself, “Why did God make me a preacher?” the best answer I can come up with is, “I don’t know.” Consider for a moment why God gave you your unique gifts. Was it for your good looks, your warm personality, or your intellect? No, we can all think of people who are better qualified in these areas. Yet somehow, God placed us in our respective areas of ministry to accomplish His divine purpose.

Which makes me curious—why did God choose Abraham? Abraham was a fearful man who often over-reacted to life’s pressures. An example of this would be the time when he went to Egypt to avoid a famine. For fear of his life, he told Pharaoh his wife, Sarah, was his sister, lest the Egyptian ruler kill him and add Sarah to his harem. Did God make a mistake in choosing this man?

God makes no mistakes. We are wise when we don’t question His purposes. Rather, we must accept His decisions and strive to perform His will faithfully. That’s what Abraham chose to do. And that’s why he was known as a friend of God. God chose him not for who he was, but for what He would make him. He wants to do the same for you and me.

You may not understand why God put you in your unique circumstances with the unique pressures you experience. There will be times when you fail, and the burden of the task overwhelms you to the point of despair. Remember God chose you for a purpose. He makes no mistakes.

Providence has at all times been my only dependence, for all other resources seem to have failed us. — George Washington

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.