Does Your Present (or Future) Life-Assignment Make You Feel Weak in the Knees?
1 Chronicles 28:20 (NIV) 20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished.
Do you have an assignment in your life that makes you feel weak in the knees at times? I think there are probably few of us who do not have a challenge like that right now. If we don’t…we will. Not just once but again and again throughout our lives.
Maybe we feel inadequate. Maybe we know in the depths of our soul that God will equip us and yet…there are those times…maybe many times a day, that we feel unequipped. It helps to recognize that we most certainly are unequipped.
By facing that fact, we are more likely to cry out to God for His wisdom and strength instead of trying to do (whatever it is) with our own wisdom and in our own strength.
His way is much better, friends. Ours is a constant shot in the dark. Even if you are trained for something specific, without seeking God’s wisdom and strength for each decision, you will spend a crucial lifetime shooting in the dark.
God desires to guide us, strengthen us, in order that we can help strengthen each other. He has put us here on this earth with a purpose in mind. What true purpose is there, except to touch the lives of those around us?
Whether raising your own kids, encouraging new parents as they raise theirs, taking on a new career or training someone else to take your place…you are affecting the lives of those around you. You are influencing everyone within your sphere…even when you are unaware.
We live a very generational life. I affect the people younger and older than I am. They affect people younger and older than they are. God intended that it would “take a village”. Not just to raise children but to encourage and strengthen each and every person around you toward a stronger faith through Jesus Christ. Not merely speaking words of faith, though that is needed and very good. But living the life…loving, caring and asking God for wisdom as to when (if) to speak and what it is He wants your friend or loved one to hear from you in this moment…and then in the next and…the next.
It is either that…or wake up years later realizing you have been winging it…shooting in the dark…and you have missed so many moments or misfired waaay too many shots and done some damage.
Still…it is never too late to draw your strength and wisdom from Him. It is never too late to take on life His way. He is love. He is mercy. He is wisdom. He is strength. He doesn’t just have love, mercy, wisdom and strength. He is love, mercy, wisdom and strength…and so much more!
He offers us the immense benefits of His character. He has created us to join Him in the work He is doing for our good and the good of those around us and for the glory of His Name!
Not being raised Presbyterian, I had never heard this until I was an adult. But, oh, how I love these words. They are from the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and enjoy Him forever.”
Somehow, our amazing God has wired us up to hunger for Him and His ways and then…as we seek and walk with Him, our sense of His presence enhances our purpose. In the process, we encourage others to do the same. Our lives make a difference in their lives and in the process our God is shown for who He really is.
None of this is complex. We do, however, have an enemy who prowls about seeking whoever he can devour. If he can devour our understanding, if he can devour our desire and our hope to do life well…to seek the wisdom of God and His ways…if he can get us to believe the lies…we will see God’s ways as complex, unattainable and even foolish.
I hope you will pray this prayer with me:
Psalm 86:11-12 (NIV) 11 Teach me your way, O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.