When a person walks with the Lord over an extended period of time, it is not uncommon to find them doing things they never knew they could do! The Lord is gracious to save, but He is also gracious to provide wisdom and abilities of various kinds in order to equip His people to do incredible things for His will and His glory. There are often times in ministry where a person who has no training or worldly equipping of any kind, yet is able to perform in ways that have people impressed and revering about the quality of work put out. This is the work of God through His Spirit that flows through people, and God has been doing this sort of thing for a long time.
In Genesis 30:25-43 the Bible provides an example of God providing a certain level of wisdom and ability that has many people scratching their heads. The testimony explains that, because Jacob's family had grown so big (11 boys and 1 girl), Jacob asked his uncle Laban if he could take his wives (Laban's daughters), the rest of his family, and his possessions and leave to find more space. Laban was reluctant to let Jacob go. The scriptures reveal that Laban understood the dynamics of his life and how they had changed since Jacob came into town. The Bible shows that Laban confessed that the Lord showed his household favor on account of Jacob. Since God had made promises to Jacob and showed Jacob favor, and Laban received Jacob into his home, and God blessed him for it. Laban knew that he was prospering by God's provision because of his relationship with Jacob. This testimony resembled the testimony of Abimelech and Abraham. Abimelech sought to gain the favor of Abraham in order to gain the favor of God. This reality is a witness that God was fulfill His promises. God promised Abraham that those who blessed his family would be blessed, but also that those who cursed his family would be cursed. Laban blessed Jacob by receiving him, and God honored the promise made to Abraham and blessed Laban in return.
However, the blessings of God made things difficult for Laban. The scriptures reveal that he didn't want Jacob to go. Laban figured that if he let Laban go, the blessings he was getting from God would leave with Jacob. Therefore, he sought to arrange a deal with Jacob to get him to stay close by. Laban agreed to pay Jacob any amount of wages that he desired in hopes that Jacob would remain close by and keep Laban in favor with God. Jacob agreed to the deal and the wages were worked out with the flocks of Laban. Jacob reminded Laban that his flocks increased greatly on account of Jacob. Since Jacob had arrived, the Bible explains that Laban's flocks multiplied greatly. Consequently, Jacob thought it was fair to ask for some of the increase he provided as his wages. The Bible explains that Jacob and Laban agreed to split the flocks. Jacob would take the flocks that were speckled, spotted, and brown and give Laban the remainder. In other words, Jacob would take the mixed and undesirable and give Laban the premier of the flocks. The two men agreed on this and the Bible explains that Jacob went his way, three days journey away from Laban.
The remainder of Genesis 30:25-43 is interesting. The Bible shows Jacob performing techniques and practices that were well advanced for the time that he lived. The Bible explains that Jacob was practicing a form of genetic engineering and manipulation to breed better quality of flocks. The Bible explains that Jacob separated the flocks according to the outer appearance of their genetic makeup and used rods of green poplar and rods of almond and chestnut trees to entice the varying flocks to the water troughs at different times to breed them. Jacob was somehow able to discover how to lure each type of sheep to get them to breed with one another as he desired so that the outcome was superior sheep. The Bible explains that Jacob was able to breed the sheep in such a way that he was able to maximize the good genes in his flocks by breeding the favorable sheep of his flock with one another, and used these natural tree rods to do so.
While this might not seem like a testimony of spectacular measure, one must consider the background of Jacob. The Bible explains that Jacob was not the outdoors man that Esau was. He was not a hunter, but instead he worked in the house with his mother. There is nothing in scripture that suggests Jacob had been trained to deal with large flocks such as described in Genesis 30:25-43. There is nothing that shows Jacob being trained by shepherds. There is nothing written in scripture to suggest that Jacob should have any of the wisdom that he had that resulted in the growth of his sheep that ended up being better quality of sheep than the ones Laban had (which were the better ones in the beginning). Since Laban attributed his own favor to the Lord on behalf of Jacob, one must also attribute Jacob's blessing and wisdom to the Lord. The Lord provided Jacob the wisdom he needed to prosper simply because God promised that Jacob would be a great nation. God promised to multiply Jacob and so He provided the wisdom Jacob needed to be multiplied!
The Bible is filled with testimonies such as these. The scriptures repeatedly show that God is able and willing to provide wisdom and abilities of various kinds that exceed the natural capabilities of that particular person. The Bible often reveals that God prefers to work with the unqualified and equip the unequipped so that upon completion of His work, He would be glorified as outsiders see the work of God done through one that is unable. This is an encouraging truth. It is encouraging to see that God is not looking to bless and multiply those who are well trained, equipped, qualified, and able based on worldly standards. Instead, God is looking for the weak, disqualified, and unable in order that He would supernaturally work through them to show that all ability comes from God. God is often found using those who lack training and insight to perform His work so that those around would marvel at how God's people get things done. The only qualification that God desires is that one walk with Him and submit one's self to His use. Jacob was able to perform some pretty amazing feats of wisdom by taking a weak and genetically flawed flock and making it a superior flock through various techniques he previously had no understanding of. Only the power and wisdom of the Living God is able to cause these types of things. Praise God that He is willing to work in these ways!