Feeling Unprepared?

4 And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: 5 Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; 6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.

2 Corinthians 4-6

Have you ever been faced with a situation – and you felt totally unprepared?  You thought to yourself that there was no chance at all that you were going to pull this off.

Maybe that makes you think back to school days, and you didn’t think you were prepared for a test.  Perhaps it was a big day at the job, and you were to present the report at the weekly staff meeting, and you didn’t think you had it all put together just yet.  Then there was that job interview.  You had to feel your way through that one as you didn’t think you were really qualified for the job.

Moses certainly thought that about God’s call to him to tell Pharaoh to let the Israelites go.  He thought of every excuse imaginable to tell God He had the wrong guy for the job.  Elijah knew he was prepared to take on the priests of Baal, but shortly thereafter, he didn’t think there was any way for him to stand up to Jezebel.

When it comes to doing something for God, we do what we can to convince ourselves, and God, that we aren’t ready to do that; we haven’t prepared enough; we haven’t studied the Bible enough.  We tell ourselves, and God, “I’m not ready to do that yet.  Please let someone else do that, until I can learn a little bit more about you, God.  I need to make sure that You really want me to do this.  After all, there are so many others that are more qualified.  They have some experience at this, and I don’t.  So are You really sure, God, that You are talking to me?”

I am not sure that anyone God ever called to do something was really ready, in their own eyes, to do it.  But most of them said “Yes.” and then allowed God to do what it was He wanted to do through them.  None of us can say that “we are sufficient of ourselves” to do anything ourselves by our own abilities.  For “our sufficiency is of God;” and Him alone.  It is God who decides if we are ready for the task.  It is God who believes in us to do the job.  It is God who provides the things we need to do what He asks of us.

If we move forward believing it is all about what we can do ourselves in a given situation, we won’t be moving “forward” very long.  God is big enough to provide everything we need for that test, that assignment, and that job.  It is God who will provide everything we need to do the job He has for us to do.  But we have to believe in Him, trust in Him, and have the faith in Him to deliver all that we need.  If you don’t know that, then you haven’t stepped out there and allowed God to show you what it is He can do through a willing servant.  It never has been about what you can do.  It never will be!  Not unless you realize that it is God living in you that makes it happen.  Then, regardless of the situation, you don’t have to feel unprepared.  If you will let Him, God will provide all the preparation you will need.

    © 2014 Charles A. Kalkomey

February 9, 2014