Believing God for God-Sized Tasks
In one of last year's MMMs I mentioned a devotional study guide entitled, Experiencing God. I had suggested it as a great way of establishing a regular time with God each day as you explore what it means to live in His will. If you are struggling to have a regular time alone with God, let me again suggest you getting a copy of this workbook. It will change your life. It is available at any Christian bookstore.
One of the challenging themes that the author (Henry Blackaby) of Experiencing God develops is the concept of believing God for God-sized tasks. He says, "Some people say to me, 'God will never ask me to do something I can't do.' I have come to the place in my life that, if the assignment I sense God is giving me is something that I know I can handle, I know it probably is not from God."
As you think about all the "assignments" God gave throughout Scripture, you notice that they all required Him to work in order for the effort to succeed. I know I am often satisfied with things I can accomplish through good organizational skills, good time management and proper motivation. These are all good elements to help accomplish a task, but only God can change people's hearts, convict of sin, draw people to Himself and reveal life-changing spiritual truth.
As you look ahead to this school year, what God-sized tasks are you trusting God to do through you? Are you satisfied with what you can do through your own efforts, or will you ask God to involve you in others lives so that only He can accomplish His will? Remember, what you or I do reveals what you believe about God, regardless of what you or I say.
Scripture: II Corinthians 3:4,5 - "Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God."
Action Point: Think through what it is you are trusting God for this school year that is beyond your ability to accomplish on your own.
P.S. Last week I wrote about helping international students here in the U.S. Since writing, I have found a Web site that helps internationals get settled, understand American culture, help with travel plans, and discusses religious differences. It is International Student Resources. Your international friends might find it helpful.
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