In a previous post I discussed how amazing My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald is, and today was struck once again by how applicable and challenging it still is in the life of the believer. Says Chambers in the devotional for February 27th,
“Beware of the satisfaction of sinking back and saying– ‘It can’t be done’.”
Each day, I text my former youth pastor a quote from these devotionals that stands out to me since we share a love for them and today I accompanied the quote with this comment:
Many of us in the Church are familiar with wells in Scripture, particularly the well at which Jesus met the Samaritan woman with five husbands and a live-in boyfriend. Chambers draws from this image of a well, likening our souls to wells from which we expect God to draw all the power for us to do what He has called us to do. Yesterdays’s Utmost devotional points out our error in that thought:
My misgivings arise from the fact that I ransack my own person to find out how He will be able to do it. My questions spring from the depths of my own inferiority.
We have to stop limiting God’s ability to work in and through us, stop excusing our disobedience by pointing out our own limitations. Otherwise we will get comfortable with that pattern and God will never be able to use us in the way He wants. Don’t be satisfied with defeat. When the Lord says to get out of the boat, don’t hesitate. Walk onto the waves in faith.