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“Only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God…Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?…anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.” Galatians 3:3,5-6,10 (The Message)
This passage has been popping up over and over again in my mind. A small voice reminding me, when I get off course, what happens when I try to control the things I think I have control of! You see, I always start off with the greatest of intentions and God-given dreams, and yet, sometimes, when I get my hands on them, I mess them all up by taking them out of God’s hands and twisting them with mine.
Take this blog, for example. I almost didn’t start it, because I (quite arrogantly) thought it depended on me. Now obviously, in one sense, it very much depends on me to type the words. But in another–I pray over every post that God would use it as he chooses and place it before the eyes that he wants to see it–so in that sense, it’s totally up to God. But when I try to take it back into my own hands I obsess over my stats tab and how many people have read (or not read!) my current post, and I start wondering what topics would be more popular, instead of writing about what God has laid on my heart, and I end up completely forgetting that God has way more control over that stuff than I ever will!
This blogging journey is reminding me (on an almost daily basis) of something I prayed several years ago (sometimes those prayers can really come back around to bite me!)…I prayed, “I never want to do anything that I can do in my own strength.” During our time in India, I had seen God repeatedly make beauty out of very ugly situations, things that, left to my own hands, would have never been salvageable. But God was able to redeem them. He was, and is, able to do things that I NEVER could! It was at that point that I threw out the white flag and prayed the prayer that I’m now trying to live out day by day. The funny thing is, when I remember that it’s not up to me to be anything but obedient, I feel free!
Question for Reflection or Comment:
What is God calling you to do that is way beyond what you can do in your own strength? What’s keeping you from doing it?