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Perceived Limitations and a Faithful God

…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:13 (NKJV)

We had been growing in leaps and bounds at Wildwood Calvary Chapel, and as such, we were continually in need for more space. I recall giving up my office years ago so three other co-workers could utilize the space more efficiently.  I had primarily been using the office for counseling appointments, and the plan was for me to cut back, and to shift these appointments over to some of the other Pastors.    

Funny thing about our plans is they are “our” plans most of the time and not the Lord’s.  As it turned out, I continued to counsel as much as ever.  I found it a little difficult at first because I didn’t have my own office to utilize when I wanted, and I soon found myself wishing I had it back. I had a choice to dwell on what I didn’t have. I could have chosen to be frustrated or unhappy, or simply allow God to provide what was needed — I chose the latter.  The location may have changed from an office to a bench under a tree, or a coffee shop, but the Lord continued to bring divine appointments my way, and He continued with His plan to use me.  

God is the One who gives us every good gift to complete the work He has called us to do (cf. Jas. 1:17). Throughout our lives we are given various opportunities and abilities — some of these are for a brief season. It doesn’t matter if we are exactly where we think we need to be, or whether we have what we think we need to do the job; what matters is whether we will allow God to do a work through us despite our challenging circumstances, uncomfortable settings, limited abilities, or dwindling resources.  

Every obstacle or change we encounter throughout our life will bring us both challenges and blessings — they can either make us bitter or better.  We have the responsibility to face these changes with an attitude of trust and faith in our Lord.  God wants to use each of us in a great and mighty way.  He has a perfect plan for each and every day of our life. If we are faithful to read His Word then we can better know His will; we will be better prepared to be used by Him when the opportunity comes, and He will be faithful to use those who are willing.  God does not demand of us what we cannot do. Furthermore, the provision from God takes into account our every need.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Be willing to be used wherever you are at, and choose to look at what you have in God, rather than what you may be lacking in and of yourself.  Choose to break through your limitations today and allow God to do something amazing through you. 

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Philippians 2:3  (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 2:3, what must we guard ourselves from when serving and helping others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you limiting what God wants to do through you because you feel poorly equipped?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to richly supply you with every good gift, so that you might better serve those in need.  Guard yourself from limiting what God can do because you do not feel you have what you need to do the job.  

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Father, thank You for richly supplying my needs.  Thank You for allowing me to be used.  Help me to be equipped to do the things You have called me to do within Your Word.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Blessings upon your day, Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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