Read Judges 6: 11-18
God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather
a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.
I was offered a new job with more responsibility and
a substantial increase in salary. The job description was
lengthy and intimidating. I began to feel anxious. It seemed
to be a dream job, but I felt unprepared and under-qualified.
I prayed, “God, I just don’t know about this.” I wrote the
company back, explaining my concerns; but the next thing I
knew, I had the job.
Scripture is filled with ordinary people called to do
extraordinary things. The angel of the Lord called Gideon
to deliver Israel from the Midianites. Gideon’s response was
something like this: “My family is insignificant, and I am the
most insignificant in my family.” Moses asked God to choose
someone else to confront Pharaoh because he wasn’t a public
speaker (Exod. 4: 10). And on the day of his coronation, King
Saul hid in a baggage room ( 1 Sam. 10: 22). God often selects
the not-so-willing and makes them capable.
At times, we all experience anxiety, feelings of inadequacy,
and doubt. But a renewed sense of God’s presence within us
gives us extraordinary abilities. When God calls us to take a
job, to start a ministry, to
extend a helping hand, we
can rest assured that God
also gives us the power,
ability, love, and self-discipline to accomplish the task.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for creating us to have an
impact on the world. We ask your help as we take on new
Kenneth Avon White (Tennessee)
Prayer Focus: JOB SEEKERS
— 2 Timothy 1: 7 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
God gives me courage
to do new things.