“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13 NASB)
God wants you confident in the truth that, through him, all things are possible.
Every day of your life, you have a choice:
You can focus on the obstacles before you, or ...
You can be confident in the truth that God is pouring his strength into you.
When the Israelites first approached the borders of Canaan, Moses sent scouts into the Promised Land to assess the situation. Ten of the scouts came back with reports that focused on the giants in the land, men so big and powerful the scouts feared they could not be defeated.
However, two of the scouts remained confident in the promise from God that he would hand the land over to the Israelites. One of those scouts, Caleb, silenced the others when he said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Numbers 13:30b NIV). He was focused on the magnitude of God and not the magnitude of any giant challenge ahead.
Today, you may be facing giants that challenge your faith. Some of the giants crowd around you — giants of time and energy, finances and resources, fear and faithlessness.
God wants you confident that he’s pouring his strength into you so you can do whatever it takes to overcome these obstacles. He says you can take possession of your promised mission; you can be certain you can do it because God is strengthening you.
Consider this: God wants to build up your faith, and one way he’ll do it is by showing you how, together with him, it is possible to defeat the giants that keep you from moving into your promised mission.
Talk About It
When you’re confronted by a difficult task, what are the effects of considering it an opportunity for God to stretch your faith?
Do you believe God uses ordinary people? What are some examples of ordinary people in your life or in history whom God used to do extraordinary things?
What kind of scout do you want to be: one who is stressed over the obstacles before you or one who is confident in the promises of God? Ask God to help you develop confidence in him and then look for the ways he begins to do just that.
Jon Walker is author of “Costly Grace: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer’s ‘The Cost of Discipleship’ and In Visible Fellowship: A Contemporary View of Bonhoeffer's Classic Work ‘Life Together’.”
He is managing editor of Rick Warren’s Daily Hope Devotionals.
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