by: Carole L. Haines
4 “Such is the confidence we have toward God through Christ. 5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves so as to consider anything as having come from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, 6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6)
I tend to see my arm as so short in reaching for the things You call me to. But that’s because I see it as my own arm instead of Yours. Your Word tells me:
Why was there no one when I came? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Is My hand so short that it cannot redeem? Or do I have no power to rescue? (Isaiah 50:2)
Lord, You are ever here, ever with me, and yet I forget to sit and listen, to wait and watch for You. You should never have to wait for me, yet how often have You come and I was not there to greet You? How often have You called to me and I was not listening to answer You?
I feel weak because I look at myself instead of fixing my gaze upon You, the author and perfecter of my faith (Hebrews 12:2) Yes, my arm is short, but Yours is not. I may feel powerless, but You are so powerful, unlimited in Your ability to accomplish Your purposes through me. You have done it again and again. We have Abraham:
19 “Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:19-21)
We have the Woman at the Well who became Your messenger to the very people who rejected her:
“So, the woman left her waterpot and went into the city, and *said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is He?” 30 They left the city and were coming to Him.”
The Book of Hebrews, Chapter 11 is filled with those whose arms were short, whose bodies were weak, whose faith wavered. They contemplated their own humanity; but pushed through it to trust You to do what You said and to be who You are, strong in and through them.
I sit here contemplating my own weakness, when I should be meditating upon Your power, strength and adequacy to complete what You have begun in me. I look to You, My King and My God, I rest in You, I believe You and I will follow You wherever You lead me. Amen!