I’m a wimp. I’d probably lose a wrestling match with my cat. (Well, she’s a wimp too; it’d be a draw.) But I really am pathetic; I avoid things I rightly should take on: defense of the weak, confrontations with the strong, labor among the rugged, low-cal diets…
Well, at least those have heretofore been my modus operandi. Who knows what the future holds? I am, after all, one who trusts in the one true God. Php. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When I’m facing a giant (in whatever form), I should remember David, the shepherd: 1 Sam. 17:47 the Lord does not save with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord’s.
We need God’s power. Spurgeon recommends extra prayer: “There should be a special sowing, it seems to me, whenever we desire a special harvest.”
What is my trial? I must pray.
We’re studying God’s call of Moses to go to Pharaoh: He didn’t take kindly to the idea: “Who am I? … What should I say Your name is? … What if they don’t believe me? … I’m not a good speaker!” Finally, though, Moses quit his job and headed out, staff in hand.
I bet he prayed. A lot.
As our teacher expounded this lesson, he asked those of us listening a very tough question: “What is God telling you to do, that you are refusing to do? And what are the excuses you are giving?”
Exodus 4 is not about whether we’re up for the task; it’s about how God …is. We must pray.
Spurgeon continues, “If you are about to pass through an extreme trial, and need great strength, to yield a greater harvest of patience, have a greater sowing of grace by drawing nearer to God.”
It’s a cinch to sit at this computer, plunking out platitudes about being “unwavering, undaunted, and unaffected” (March 14). But facing the giants is where the rubber meets the road: maybe it’s time to stop skidding it, and start burning it.
I must pray.
Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us?
James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray.