I’ve been thinking this morning about how inadequate I am to do what God has called me to do. Not just in the area of not being able to meet the incredible need that we’re all surrounded by, but also in the area of the spiritual warfare that all ministries face almost daily.
Circumstances get so complex that it gets hard to see the way, or to know what to do. It’s easy to feel just not up to the task. Do you know what I’m talking about?
I was just feeling burdened, a little drained and very tired of the struggle; tired of being able to help only so many people.
Here’s a description of this past hour. First, man came in needing money for a motel room for the night, a sweater and some shoes. We were out of money, had no sweaters and only one pair of men’s shoes. They were the wrong size. The man was hurt and seemed a little angry, not believing that we really didn’t have what he wanted.
Then, I got a call from a lady being evicted from her apartment, and wanting help. Linda and I had already taken in a homeless woman and her son into our home for weeks ago, so I didn’t have any way of helping this lady. Then, man came in who had been laid off his job, and was needing help feeding and clothing himself and his five children. While he was here, another lady phoned, needing food.
This is pretty typical of the kinds of needs and pressures we are called to live under. At home, there’s also a day and night awareness of overwhelming needs. People call or come by at all hours, needing help, prayer and looking for comfort. Most of them are thankful but some get abusive when they don’t get what they thought you ought to give them.
Linda and I know how it feels to hurt and feel like you just can’t do all that God’s put before you. We also know what it is to throw ourselves on the Lord for strength and relief. We know that we can cast our cares on Him, because He cares for us. That’s what 1 Peter 5:7 says.
After the man with five children left, I was feeling a little despondent and inadequate, bowled over by all the needs for hurting people. Then, the Lord spoke to me through His word, in 2 Corinthians 12:9. He said, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
The words in your Bible are there for you particularly in the frequent times you feel troubled. Think of the times when you felt weak, lost, dirty, and hopeless and at wit’s end. Hasn’t He always brought you through? Even through thousands of trials, hasn’t He stretched out His arm on your behalf to deliver you from harm?
When you remember all the times of His bringing you through, you can know that “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today and forever,” just like it says in Hebrews 13:8. What He has done before, He will do again. He has rescued you and He will again rescue you. He has brought you out of the hand of the oppressor; He has delivered you from the tongue of the accuser; has provided for you in times of poverty, and He’s still able to do as He has been doing!
So, why be discouraged? Why allow fear to distress your heart? Why wallow in defeat when you can honestly say “I know that my Redeemer liveth! (Job. 13:25)?”
When we know that God’s grace is sufficient for us, we can have peace in even the toughest of times. When you can’t see a way for things to work out, you can be sure that our God can see even the way to work out even the smallest of details. There is never a problem too big for our God!
If He can save me from all my sins, then He can do anything! There is more difficult task than to save, redeem and transform a self-centered, stubborn and self-defeating human being! But,