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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.

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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ANTHONY Swaggerty

May 08, 2014  5:59am

This is a great way to get focus back in a day. When things get tough, monotonous, that is when we need to remember you are being molded by God. Great read. Patience to persevere.

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Curt Schleicher

May 01, 2014  9:34am

Let me preface this story by stating my profession--an elementary school Resource Teacher. Well , it's June and I've been ready for summer to arrive for @ least 2 months now. And, like the rest of my profession am diligently going through the check out list to ensure myself that all is in order before leaving for 'my summer job.' The principal is doing a similar process with my files to ensure that they 'meet her standards.' When she calls me into the file room where she was working, and indicates she has discovered 'an error that needs to be corrected before my departure.' To me it's not as big a deal as she's making it out to be, and, yes, 'correcting it' will throw my schedule in total disarray. To make a long story short, we finally came to a mutually agreed compromise that brought the issue to conclusion. Looking back on it, if I had accepted the correction as pointed out I would have minimized grief on my part. Listen to God. Do not fight Him for control. God always wins.

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William Andrew Wilson

May 01, 2014  7:33am

Sometimes we look back into history and place leaders on such a high pedestal based on their successes not realizing how they truly viewed themselves. How will my actions today be seen be others in the future?

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