Wednesday, May 16, 2007

How Much Do You Trust God?

"Sometimes, when your worst fears of inadequacy are confirmed and you discover that you really are out of your league, you experience the liberation of realizing that it is okay to be inadequate and that God wants his power to flow through your weakness." ~ John Ortberg; If You Want To Walk On Water You've Got To Get Out Of The Boat

One of the battles I constantly fight is the feeling of inadequacy. There are really only a few things I feel comfortable doing, and outside of those few things I feel very unprepared to do anything else. I wish I could spend my life writing, preaching, and teaching so I didn't have to worry about anything else. But life isn't like that. We have to do things we don't feel equipped to do.

The promise of God is that when He has asked us to do something, He will help us to accomplish it. When God called Moses, Moses did not feel adequate or equipped to do the job. God made it clear that He would be with Moses, but Moses still complained. So God had Aaron go with Moses. Yet God still worked both Moses and Aaron to accomplish His task.

If doing God's will just fit into our strengths, then there would be no reason for God to get any credit. Since it would be what we do well we could think, I did this myself. Other people could see what happen and say, What a talented person. God wants to work through our weaknesses so people see His power at work.

It is also through these experiences that help us to trust God more and more. As we see God at work in our lives it makes it easier for us to trust Him with our lives. One way to deepen our faith is to do what God has asked us to do. If we never take a risk and do something we are not equipped to handle, we will never understand the impact God can make through our lives.

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy;"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline" (2 Timothy 1:7; NLT). God wants us to step out in courage and in trust to do the things He has asked us to do. When we shrink back from doing God's will because we feel inadequate we are in fact saying; I don't trust God. When we step out and embrace the adventure beyond our control we are saying with our lives; Yes, I trust in God.

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