Tuesday, February 18, 2014

365 Days with God - Day 60: Who are you trusting?

I'm giving myself a challenge. Read the Bible each day for a whole year, following the ESV Study Guide 1-year plan. Each day, I will post whatever God has revealed to me in His Word, and how it is changing me. A friend of mine once said that nothing has changed her life as much as reading the bible each day - and I'm excited for how this will change me. Join me on an adventure into the heart of God - and day by day, we can learn more about who He is and what that means to us!

- Andy Catts

Day 60, February 18, 2014
Readings: Psalm 60, Exodus 4, 2 Chronicles 33, Romans 1:1-17

Do you remember that scene from The Matrix where Neo learns kung-fu from a computer program that embeds in his mind? How he went from being completely incompetent to being awesome without breaking a sweat? What if you had that ability? What would you do?

Now think about your current situation. What do you do now when faced with a difficult situation that you feel ill-equipped to handle? Obviously, we don't have a computer program that downloads knowledge right to our brain (unfortunately.) So we are left with only a few options: Avoid the situation, try to learn how to work through it, or fly by the seat of our pants.

What if the situation is something God is asking you to do? Do you think you'll have any other options? Do you think it would make a difference? Do you think He is capable of enabling you to do whatever it is that He's asking?

Sometimes I don't. Sometimes I doubt. Often I think that God can't really be asking me to do that, because I don't know how to do that! In my humanity, in my desire to rely only on myself, I cut God out of the picture. I don't trust Him. I'm not willing to speak that truth, comfort that person, to be used by God. Moses knew this reality too.

But Moses said to the LORD, "Oh my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue." Then the LORD said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak." But he said, "Oh my Lord, please send someone else." (Exodus 4:10-13)

God is speaking directly to Moses, through the burning bush, and Moses still can't trust Him. Moses isn't willing to believe that God (who, by the way) made Moses, and everything in the world, can help him speak truth to the Hebrews and Pharaoh. God has promised him success - and Moses doesn't buy it.

How often do I do the same thing? How often does God ask me to serve Him in some way, and instead of obeying, instead of trusting Him, I keep saying "God, I can't do this, I don't know how, send someone else!" If He asks me to do something, will He not provide the answer? Will He not make me capable? Will he leave me to fail?

He is the God of the universe, who knows and made all things. He is more than capable of equipping me to do anything and everything He asks me to do. Jesus says much the same thing to his disciples - "If you have the faith of a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Throw yourself into the sea' and it will obey." How many of you doubt this? How many of you doubt because it seems ridiculous? If God was willing to give His own son for us, would He not, could He not cause the mountains to fling themselves into the sea to save us? God is asking for our trust, and in return, He will give us what we need to serve His purpose. What is He asking you to do?

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