Over The Hill. Ain't Got No Skill
by Nate Naversen
Last week New York Jets Quarterback Vinny Testaverde threw 13-for-19 for 165 yards as the New York Jets beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-12. But do you know where Vinny Testaverde was three weeks ago? Vinny, like many people was sitting at home watching NFL football on his couch in Long Island. The 42 year-old player, who had his first NFL season 19 years ago was called back to play for the Jets after Chad Pennington went down with an injury.
Says AOL Sports about Vinny's talent level, "Testaverde has all the mobility of a news anchor's chair. He also has a lower completion percentage than an overweight frat boy."
"My career was basically over. I was going to retire," Testaverde said . "I was getting close to that point. Now here I am, getting ready to take a snap on Sunday. Life is funny sometimes."
Life is funny. Sometimes your opportunity to shine comes along after the world tells you that your window of opportunity has closed. In the Bible, there are plenty of examples of people who were far too old or without the talent to get the job done. But somehow old age or a lack of talent never seems to figure into the Lord's plans.
Consider this: Moses committed murder and fled into the desert where he lived for some 40 years before the Lord called him to lead His people out of Egypt. Moses was 80 years old before he started to lead the Hebrews. Could you imagine living 80 years before you did anything of significance in your life? Moses thought his career was long since over. He was an old man living in the desert of Midian. And then he was called to greatness.
That theme repeats itself throughout the Bible. God continually uses people who are either too old or not qualified enough to do the task set before them. Noah was some 600 years old when God called him to build and Ark. Would you let an 80 year old man try to build a house? Noah was 7 times older than that! Would you get on a boat built by a 600 year old man?
David was so young when he was called to go fight Goliath that the armor didn't fit him. He had a tough time even walking around in his armor, let alone fighting. So David fought Goliath without any armor at all, and got the job done. God does not require talent or skill from us. All he really asks from us is our obedience to his commands.
Jesus himself is described in Isaiah 53 as an ordinary looking guy. "He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him." Remember when the Romans came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane? They had Judas kiss Jesus so that the Romans would know who to arrest. You would think that if the Lord was going to pick the savior of the world, He would pick somebody charming and good looking. But the Father does not work that way and used a very ordinary looking Jesus to accomplish His purposes.
You see, just like Vinny Testaverde and the Jets, the Lord loves to use people who are way past their prime or lack the talent to get the job done on their own. The Lord loves the underdog. The Lord picks ordinary people like you to do His work first, because he loves to demonstrate His power by picking people who could not possibly succeed on their own. But more importantly, he picks ordinary people like us because He wants to teach you to rely on Him.
Consider God's words from Isaiah 43 as you think about relying on Him for your strength today:
"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.