Mistaken Assumptions By Tasia Williams
My youngest son is always coming up with reasons why he cannot do simple things himself. He cannot put his comforter on himself at night because it is too big, or he cannot buckle himself in because he is not strong enough.
But the other day that all changed. While helping him into the van, I made a little comment about how he was going to be a big brother soon, he was very smart, and he can do more than he thinks he can. This time when I asked if he would buckle himself in, I did not hear wailing and complaining. I heard…”Okay mommy, I’ll try!” He did it perfectly and had the biggest smile on his face when he was done.
After thinking about it, he had probably been able to buckle himself in for a while now. The only thing keeping him from not being able to do it was his mistaken assumption that he was unable to do so.
You and I have mistaken assumptions about our abilities too. We are able to do so much more than we realize—we just do not try, so we never find out. We look at the obstacles in front of us and think, “I cannot overcome that, so I won’t even try.”
In reality, however, with God’s strength, we can do anything He calls us to do. That is because when He calls us, He also equips us not only with the abilities and talents we already have, but with His strength and wisdom.
My precious Sister in Christ, is there an area in your life where God is calling you to step out in faith, but you are not obeying because you think you cannot? Moses would have identified with you. When God called him to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses protested, citing his lack of speaking ability.
What excuse are you using for not doing what God has called you to do? Do you think you do not have the ability to do what God is asking? Do you protest that you do not know how?
It’s true that you may need to develop certain abilities. You may also need to learn how to do what God is asking. But the fact that you cannot or do not know how to do it now, is no excuse for remaining stuck in a rut. God will honor your efforts to get out and do whatever it is you are called to do. You may be unable by yourself, but with God, you are more than able.
Do not let any potential obstacles make you think you cannot be successful at what God wants you to do. God can either remove the obstacles, or can enable you to get over them. What seems like a huge obstacle to you is nothing more than a pebble to God. If God wants you to get past the obstacle, God will make a way.
But you have to be willing to take that first step.
Philippians 4:13—I can do all things through him who gives me strength. (ESV)
Copyright 2014 Tasia Williams