Hey everyone, I've missed you the last couple of weeks. As many of you know, I've been knee-deep in the PrayFit Summer challenge. What a wonderful time we've had. Almost half-way home and we've all been challenged in so many ways, spiritually and physically. I'll be sure to do a summary post when we're all done.
But yesterday I saw a blurb on social media that made me think of the years we've had together. For nearly 9 years, I've written this devotion each day, excluding weekends. And over the years we've explored the complexity of physical stewardship. What a ride, amen?
Well, anyway, the post read, "God gave you this mountain to show others it can be moved." At first, I like it. I can buy it. Yeah, I believe it. Kinda. Well, wait a minute. I mean, I understand the meaning behind it. Motivate people to press on and conquer the obstacle ahead. Yes. I'm in. Faith can move mountains, after all.
But then it dawned on me. God chose me to be weak to protect me from me.
Paul Tripp says, "God made you weak to cause you to value the strength that only He can give. They don't expose gaps in theology nor are they indicators of the failure of His promises. They protect us from the self-reliance that tempts us all."
The quote I read on social media begs for back-slapping, unless God indeed is given the honor and glory. So I suppose that's why the apostle Paul said, "So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited...I am content in my weaknesses. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
The mountains we're assigned point to God either way, right? If we move them - or at least for me, when I can't - it shows others that God is God and we're not. Fact is, if faith in God can move mountains - and I can't make a pebble roll - how mighty must He be? I guess my point is, an unmoved mountain is as much an indicator of God's strength as one that's been thrown into the sea.
Yeah, no need for unnecessary attention my way. No cause to pause. I'm just a weary, needy, broken soul still in need of a Savior. Need proof? I can either flex or we can just cue the mountain.
- Jimmy Peña
For Discussion: Have you ever pushed passed a limit God set for you? Think about it. Our industry basks in convincing us that we can push beyond our limits, but is that true? Can we push past our actual, God-given limits? Or is it more likely that we're pushing passed our perceived limits; limits that He's given us the ability to push beyond? Let me know you thoughts. I have my own. :-)