When we read from Genesis 11 into Genesis 12, we might be startled to read “Abram” instead of “Nahor” in the first verse. After all, Nahor had children. Abram, along with his barren wife, was certainly an unorthodox choice to carry on the promise of a son who will crush the head of the serpent (3:15). God eventually blessed Abram (later Abraham) with a son, Isaac. But then he had a barren wife too. When God blessed him with two sons, they turned out to be a man enslaved by his passions and a deceiver willing to split his family out of greed. Then Jacob, the deceiver but chosen son to carry on the promise, had twelve sons who bickered with and betrayed one another, even lying to their father that one of his sons had died. When it comes to God forming a great nation, He could seem rather inept. But earthly prosperity is often swifter than spiritual blessing, and God’s primary concern is the latter.
We can find great comfort in who God chose as the early fathers of the nation He was establishing. They were unorthodox, undeserving, and unlikely men to play such pivotal roles in His story of redemption. But so are we. If you ever feel unworthy or the least likely candidate for the task you’ve been given, then you’re in good company. God often chooses the least likely candidate. His choices need not pass the eye test!
How are you feeling unworthy right now? How does the gospel address those feelings?