Into the Deep End
Theme of the Week: Stretched by God
Thursday, May 1, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Gideon said to him, "Me, my master? How and with what could I ever save Israel? Look at me. My clan's the weakest in Manasseh and I'm the runt of the litter." (Judges 6:15, The Message)
Dig Deeper: Judges 6-7
Has God presented you with a calling, task, or mission so daunting that it raises all kinds of doubts and fears?
Maybe you heard, "You're going to be a father." And you thought, I don't know how to do this. "I want you to take on this project." And you thought, But I've never done that. "We really need you to be a small-group leader." And you thought, But I don't know how to lead a group. "You're being promoted to floor manager." And you thought, But I've never managed people before.
You probably already know this, but God doesn't seem to mind teaching his disciples how to swim by throwing us into the deep end of the pool. He doesn't mind tapping us for tasks that are way beyond our depth. Sometimes he prepares us for the mission—as he did with Joseph and Moses. But then there are other times when we feel we are in way over our heads and God says, "You're up. You're my pick."
What you may not have realized before is that these nerve-racking times are one of God's favorite ways to mold us into the unexpected leaders for him that we never thought we could be.
—Patrick Morley in How God Makes Men
My Response: When was a time God asked me to do something that raised "all kinds of doubts and fears" in me?
Thought to Apply: I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done.—James Hudson Taylor (British missionary to China)
Adapted from How God Makes Men by Patrick Morley (Multnomah, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Lord, growth happens most often in times of stretching; please give me the grace to humbly submit myself to your will—even when it hurts—and let you transform me into the man you want me to be.
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