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Not in Your Own Strength, But …

1 Chronicles 16:11 Depend on the LORD for strength. Always go to him for help.

I’ve heard people say that God never asks you to do something that you’re not capable of doing. Hmm. I don’t know what planet they’re living on, but God seems constantly to be asking me to do things that are way, way … way beyond me.

None of us likes to feel inadequate. You don’t, I don’t … but in our secret heart of hearts, the truth is that we often feel confronted by things that are way beyond us.

When I was bringing up kids, I don’t think I ever felt completely on top of what it meant to be a perfect dad. Or yesterday, I had to chair a difficult meeting. I knew there was going to be conflict and whilst my gift is one of leadership, I really didn’t know if I had the goods to bring people together.

How about you? When was the last time you felt even just a bit inadequate for the task?

I’ve also heard Christians say (perhaps you have, too) that we shouldn’t do things in our own strength, but in God’s. Okay, but what does that actually mean and how is it meant to work?

1 Chronicles 16:11 Depend on the LORD for strength. Always go to him for help.

That was written by King David, with the wisdom of hindsight, having been through so many terrible, life-threatening situations in his life. It’s wisdom that comes in two parts: First, depend on God for strength. Don’t doubt, don’t overthink, don’t worry … depend on God for His strength when yours isn’t enough. And second, how do you lay hold of that strength? By always …did you get that? always … going to Him for help. So the next time you feel inadequate, go to God and ask for His strength. Because that’s precisely what He wants you to do.

That’s His Word. Fresh … for you … today.

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