Thursday, April 27, 2017

When The Trek Through the Wilderness is Too Big To Tackle


I think of the "wilderness," and envision thick forests and lush green undergrowth. Moses and the children of Israel would laugh at my description. The photo (above) is of their "wilderness." 

As Moses and the Israelites made their way from Egypt across the Negev, the terrain they traveled was, for the most part, barren, rocky desert. The only thing"lush" was dry dirt. 

When we drove through the wilderness enroute to the Bedouin encampment recently, I saw Moses in a new way. If God called me to lead several million people on foot over that terrain, I'd have balked. If I'd had to lead them for forty years, I might have gone back to Egypt, or left them to fend for themselves. 

It's no wonder Moses struck the rock when he should've spoken to it. I'd have wanted to hit something, too.

With all that said, it's clear to me that, of all the people on the earth, Moses was the perfect man for the job. He was right for it, even though the job was impossible and clearly too big for one human to tackle, must less accomplish. 

That's how I feel about two of my current responsibilities. They're completely impossible, and clearly too big for one human to tackle, much less accomplish. 

As I whined to the Lord about the impossibility of putting together a team for our summer camp and orchestrating the burgeoning Untapped Power Grid project, He clarified a few things for me.

It's all too big for one person. That's the point of the body of Christ. Together, God can work through us to accomplish the impossible. He needs one person with a vision, but many people to carry it out.

God delights in accomplishing the impossible with a small band of workers in such a way that only He is glorified. Moses and Gideon are perfect examples, but the eleven disciples make even those two good men pale in comparison.

After Jesus' crucifixion, they huddled in the upper room, praying and afraid. They didn't know if they'd be killed or not, but they knew the authorities were searching for them.

Once the power of the Holy Spirit descended, those frightened followers became fearless warriors. They charged through the known world, sharing the Love of Christ with all who would listen. Their witness was so compelling that one nation after another was transformed by the power of the Word.

The incredible truth is that we, you and me, have that same Spirit available to us. We have the same Word, the same Savior, the same power those first disciples had. 

We, too, can change the world for Christ. 

We, too, can accomplish the impossible... IF we allow the Spirit to work through us.

What impossible dream has God put on your heart? To what way-too-big-task has He called you?

None of us can do it alone, but God can use one willing human to accomplish more than we can even imagine.

Today, why not surrender to God's call? 

Why not take that first step through the wilderness? 

It might not be easy, but it's always worth it. Best of all, we never have to do it alone.

"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God." 2 Corinthians 3:5 niv
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