Tuesday, June 23, 2009

With God's Help

One of the battles I constantly fight is the battle of feeling inadequate. There are really only a few things I feel comfortable doing, and outside of those few things I feel very unprepared and ill equipped 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.

I need to keep in mind what John Ortberg wrote in If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Go to Get Out of the Boat:
“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.” (p. 139)

Ortberg reminds us that for God to use us it is more important that we have faith than talent. When we are at our weakest God’s glory can shine all the more brightly. It would also follow that if GOd has called us to do something, then He will provide what we need to accomplish the task. Peter in 2 Peter 1:3 tells us that God gives us all that we need for life and godliness. Consider God’s call of Moses. Moses did not feel adequate or equipped to face Pharaoh, but God made it clear that He would be with Moses. Yet, Moses still complained, and God further equipped Moses by send Aaron along as spokesman. God 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. Being the selfish beings that we typically are we would give ourselves the credit for our success. To the observations of other people could come to the conclusion that we are talented people, rather than recognizing God at work in the world. God wants to work through our weaknesses so people see His power at work.

When we walk by faith in times of inadequacy we will also learn to trust God more and more. As we experience God working through our lives it will be easier for us to obey Him in other areas of our lives, especially when obedience doesn’t make sense from our perspective. One way to deepen our faith is to do what God has asked us to do, even when we are ill equipped to do it. 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 declaring to the world; “Yes, I trust in God!”.

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