In His Power

Sometimes it seems that what God is asking us to do is much more than we can bear. God calls us to service, and He calls us to do and accomplish things beyond our capacity; that part is true; but He doesn’t ask us to do it in our own strength or wisdom. We are to rely on His capacity and not our own. He is not at all annoyed when we say to Him “Lord, I am willing. Help me to accomplish it!” As for me this was a hard lesson to learn because I was raised to accomplish things quickly and on my own. When I did not complete a task in a time frame that I considered reasonable, I felt like a failure. Finally I had the good sense to take my ‘failure’ to the Lord, He opened my eyes to see where I had bitten off more than I could chew AND He opened my eyes to see the people around me that could help me. He taught me that there were things that only He could do — things like carrying the troubles of others on my shoulders; things like figuring out how to solve issues in other peoples lives; things like making everybody happy — He taught me a saner way to live and, as a result, the way toward enjoying my life. I learned that when He called me to full time missions, for instance, He wasn’t expecting me to disciple the world in 7 days (in the manner that He created the world). I’m not God — that is quite a concept!! So, I encourage you today to say yes to Him in all things that He asks of you, but before you reach your breaking point; before you get to the part where you quit –stop and invite Him into the situation. Ask Him how to do what He has called you to do. Ask Him who will help you, who is your team. Ask Him to lay out His plan for you. You can’t do it on your own; you can’t do it your own way; you can’t do it in your own power. When you feel the stress of it all in the midst of doing what God has called you to do; give God’s will for you back to Him and let Him direct you in the way you should go. As my mom says all of the time: “He’s a Mighty Good Leader!”

Was it I who conceived all this people? Was it I who brought them forth, that You should say to me, ‘Carry them in your bosom as a nurse carries a nursing infant, to the land which You swore to their fathers’? (Numbers 11:12)

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