Do my inabilities get in the way of my ability to do God’s will?
That is a question I stumbled upon today in a book of devotions. You’ve got to admit, that’s pretty deep. So deep, in fact, that we have to resort to our highschool english training and “break it down” as the kids would say (that is if the kids were in the 1980’s).
Part 1. Do I have inabilities? Duh! I excel in my ability to recognize my inabilities. I can play the whole, “if only…” game all day. If only I was wealthier, if only I was better educated, if only I was younger, if only… you get the drift.
Part 2. Get in the way of my ability? Again, yes. that is evident in the definition of what an inability is, right?
Part 3. to do God’s will? OK, that is like throwing out a trump card all of a sudden – hearts trump clubs, or something like that. If it is God’s will that I am supposed to be doing then all of a sudden things get turned upside down.
So if it is God’s will, the plan that he has specifically for me that He wants and expects me to do, then does my ability matter at all? Time and again, through biblical stories He points out that the answer is no. 10,000 men, no that’s way too many… send more away, so you may know the victory is mine. 185,000 Assyrians killed in a single night while camped outside the walls of the city. And dozens more.
My mind started going all manner of direction then. Maybe God is just having an off-day and didn’t plan accordingly to give me the right abilities for His plan for me today. Maybe he has me and my talents mistaken with someone else (Moses even tried pulling that one. – “Aaron is more eloquent”) Maybe God just doesn’t understand the level of ability that is required.
Obviously, none of that mkes any sense. If it is God’s will for me to do, then He not only knows, but equips, enables, and whatever else. My job isn’t even to ask him for the things I think I need, to pray all those petitions I get so busy preparing sometimes. Instead, my only job is to ask that His will be done, through me, today.
Now that is starting to sound a whole lot like a daily prayer someone might teach us: Our Father… thy will be done. Sometimes it stops and makes you think about the words that come out of your mouth when we quote Jesus and just how wise they really are!