Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Our Inadequacy . . . God's Adequacy

From Lloyd Ogilvie, former Chaplain to the United States Senate, on our inadequacy and God’s adequacy!

“Everywhere I turned in my Bible study and while reading the biographies of great Christian leaders, I was struck by a common theme. Encounters with Christ spurred them on to attempt the impossible. The Lord constantly pressed them beyond their human capabilities. In the dangerous interface between what they were and what He called them to do, they discovered His power. And in drawing on that power, they persistently took risks with raw faith. The greater the risk, the more faith and daring they received. I began to see that by trying to become adequate I was cutting myself off not only from the flow of the Lord’s power, but from the humanly impossible things He wanted to do through me.”

If God called us to do only the things we are gifted to do in our own strength, the glory realized from our accomplishments would be all ours and not His. He calls us to step beyond our capabilities and attempt the impossible, trusting in His all-surpassing strength. If He has called us, He will enable us. “The One who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.” (1 Thessalonians 5:24) He is the God of the impossible.

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