So many talented people in the world. These people seem to have it all together: beacons of light for the church (check), great job (check), great single or married life (check), and great friends (check). Sadly, it seems that my existence just doesn’t seem to compare. There are so many times I cry out to God in frustration, “Why can’t I achieve anything? Why am I the least talented person in the group? Why can’t I get things moving along. To top it all off, I am a terrible parent.” Anyone else have these type of thoughts? Hopefully, you are one of the talented people with everything together.
Times like these beg for prayer and scripture study. Here are a couple of things that were revealed to me, and I hope these scriptures and thoughts will help.
First of all, every single one of us possess gifts given by God to serve His purpose. Perhaps, that is why some of my ideas fall short as they probably are not in line with His purpose for my life. This scripture in Ephesians jumped out at me: Eph 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” There is so much comfort in these words, because this scripture makes it clear that there are things( good works) waiting for me. Since these works are prepared for me, then that means that I am capable of performing them. Nothing kills working on a project faster than realizing that the project is out of reach due to a lack of skill.
How do we know the works set aside by God are good? Check out 1 Cor 2:9, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.” So, not only are there good works waiting, but good works that no one can even imagine. Wow, what a ringing endorsement of positive thinking. One confession. I have a hard time absorbing these type of statements. I know God is good, ok, but unimaginable good things is a bit over the top for me. However, I fully believe in God’s sovereignty, and we believers should absorb these type of statements the same as “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory….”
Scripture reveals that there are things for us as believers to do. What about the inevitable roadblocks? How about this scripture from Romans 8:31, “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us”? Looks like all the excuses to get something done just disappeared, since God is clearing the path for success. I can’t think of a better “Got your back” example.
The world reeks of uncertainty and fear; especially, in regard to a person’s life and works. People of the world view a person’s life as a set of random encounters that are explained by chance or luck with no design or purpose. From their point of view, how can a person’s life have some kind of design when the universe was created by random events? On the other hand, the believer has assurance from God that God has prepared good works to perform, and that while following the path of those good works, no one can stop the completion of those works. Looks like the excuses to sit on the sidelines are over. Let’s get to it.