We can easily believe that much of what we have accomplished in our lives has been because of us. Lately I have again been blown away by the countless times that I have shared our story with others, and at the end I say, "We couldn't of planned it or orchestrated all of this." It's crazy. God has so much in store for all of us. Do we really believe that though? Better yet, do we believe in God? Who He is? His power? His love? I don't know about you, but for too long I either believed in myself, my efforts, and not enough in who God said He was. Lately I have also been hit with this sense over me that what is in front of me is too big. Too big for me, that I am not strong enough, talented enough, and so on.
Here's what changes things.
My human efforts will only go so far. It is true. Without Jesus I am not capable, without Jesus I am not strong enough, without Jesus I can't do it, anything. The days of trusting our own power need to end. Paul reminds the Jesus followers of that in Romans 4.
"Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless."
God forgives you, provides for you, and gives His best to you not because you or I worked for it. He does it because He simply love us. Jesus set foot onto the world to make things right. This being one of them. Don't work for God's affection. So whatever you are trying to do, maybe it's landing that job you've wanted, going back to college, starting a family, being a closer family, starting a new business or launching a church. Let's begin by trusting God's promises.