If you won’t, someone else will
Esau was the firstborn son in his family. He should have been his father’s heir, the one who would carry on the family name and through whom God would fulfil His promise to Abraham. But Esau “despised his birthright” (Gen. 25:34). God passed over Esau because of his disregard and found in his younger brother a willing heart. Jacob inherited the destiny that should have been Esau’s by birth and became one of Israel’s greatest patriarchs.
Eli was the high priest, and his family had been called and anointed by God to serve Israel in the priestly office. But Eli’s two sons had no regard for the Lord or His calling (1 Sam. 2:12). They desecrated the tabernacle, stole from the sacrificial offerings, and blasphemed God. They had a sense of entitlement and indispensability because they had been born into a family of power and privilege. But God tore the priestly calling away from them and from Eli’s family and gave it to a young man named Samuel, who led the nation in their stead.
God chose Saul to be the first king of Israel. But he disobeyed the Lord and hardened his heart time and time again. Saul’s children and grandchildren were destined to sit on the throne, but because of Saul’s rebellion God cut his family off and instead anointed a young man named David through whose lineage the Messiah would eventually be born. (1 Sam. 16:113).
Kathryn Kuhlman undoubtedly had one of the most influential ministries of the last century. She was a healing evangelist who witnessed extraordinary miracles and inspired many others to follow in her footsteps. But Kathryn said she was not God’s first choice. She believed the Lord had called other people before her, but they had been unwilling to obey. She said, “I believe God’s first choice for this ministry was a man, his second choice, too. But no man was willing to pay the price. I was just naive enough to say, ‘Take nothing, and use it.’ And He has been doing that ever since.” Kathryn Kuhlman believed she received her mighty anointing and calling not because she was the best but because she was obedient.