Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12-13)
When a mammoth task is placed at our feet, our first thoughts may be “I can’t do this! I just can’t … I don’t know what to do or say.” The human in us doesn’t always know how to respond to what is around us and it is probably natural for us to throw up our hands in despair. This is not unique behaviour and it is certainly not new. There are many in the Bible who reasoned with God’s plan, but He gave what them what they needed.
- Moses felt he couldn’t go by himself, so God sent Aaron with him Exodus 4: 13-17
- Gideon felt unprepared so God reassured him Judges 6:36-40
- Gehazi felt overwhelmed but God gave him a different kind of vision 2 Kings 6: 15-17
- Zachariah did not believe but God closed his mouth so he could have his miracle. St Luke 1:18-22
- Thomas did not believe until God gave him the revelation he desired St John 20:24-29
In our own eyes, some tasks may seem bigger than what we feel we can handle. Our finite minds will often try to come up with justification. Just as the men who went spying with Caleb, we may magnify our issues and make giants of our grasshoppers Numbers 13:26-30. Ten spies saw through the natural eyes but two allowed God to shape their vision. Our shortcomings do not place limits on His abilities. We only stand to lose when we close our minds to what He can do through us. It may be a good idea to make His plans ours.
Inventory/Introspection: What are my immediate thoughts when God tells me something that seems difficult or impossible?
Personal application: How can I live my life in such a way that it demonstrates that I truly believe that my giants are less than grasshoppers in His eyes?
Father, we are thankful that there is nothing impossible with you! Our hearts rejoice in the knowledge that You can turn any situation around .
We are also thankful that You do not leave us alone and that You remind us of examples in Your word when You come alongside us directly or send others to help us see what You want us to see. I pray that we will be open to helping others see what You have revealed to us
May we be willing vessels for You to work in and through, and may we trust that You will open eyes, close mouths or do whatever is necessary to bring Your word to pass in our lives.
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