This just came into my inbox and I wanted to archive it – it goes directly with what I’ve been rambling on about! God’s so funny.
Often in life and its situations you are prone to measure the problem and the possibility of your success according to your abilities and resources. However capable you are, and however much experience and expertise you acquire, there will be challenges and circumstances for which you are inadequate within yourself. That is neither weakness nor failure.
It is not a failure when you face a problem you cannot solve – a need you cannot meet – a habit you cannot conquer. I t is only a failure when you try to do that on your own, without allowing the One who is in you to be greater than the circumstance that is before you. What do you do with the clear promise of the Bible that “(You) can do everything with the help of Christ who gives (you) the strength (you) need . . this same God will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to (you) in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:13,19 NLT.
Hudson Taylor, the great British missionary to India in the later 1800’s, wrote, “Many Christians estimate difficulty in the light of their own resources, thus they attempt very little and they always fail. The real giants have all been weak people who did great things for God because they reckoned on His power and His presence to be with them.” Historian Ruth Tucker summarizes his accomplishments this way: “No other missionary in the nineteen centuries since the Apostle Paul had a wider vision and has carried out a more systematized plan of evangelizing a broad geographical area than Hudson Taylor.” He did great things because he knew a great God was with, and within him.
Listen to Paul’s spiritual discovery, “God said to me, ‘My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.’ When I heard that I was glad to let it happen. I stopped focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness . . I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get the stronger I am.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 The Message.
“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure . . the riches of the glory of this mystery . . which is Christ in you the hope of glory . . I labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” Philippians 2:13/Colossians 1:27,29.
Every champion in God’s Word faced their inadequacy, and then and there discovered God’s ample and abundant sufficiency – Abraham and Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, David, Gideon, Daniel, Isaiah, Peter, and Paul. See Hebrews 11. And y our God invites you to join that select company of overcoming and victorious faith.
Pastor Allen Randolph