“For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” Romans 12:3
Problem solvers unite! If there is a problem, you are going to fix it! You’ve got an answer for everything. People count on you to ride in and save the day. But what happens when there is a problem bigger than your ability to “fix it?”
In order to embrace your limits, you must admit your helplessness. You must humble yourself before God Most High! That may involve suffering like Jesus and it will definitely involve serving like Jesus. Your Lord extends the invitation to serve when no one is looking. These opportunities may be awkward or possibly self-abasing, ways you never pictured yourself serving. When you feel the most helpless; God will be your help and your strength.
Have you ever felt like God was breaking you? Those are really the times He is making you into His image. Who would have ever thought breaking = making? The world opposes that upside down view.
In the crushing, difficult times, don’t ask God why but ask Him what He wants to teach you? What is He trying to show me? In what ways does He want me to change? Ask Him; “God, what is Your purpose in this pain?”
All people are fragile and need to be handled with care. I know you are thinking, “not all.” It’s true. Every person alive has been humiliated at some point. The word humility and humble are closely related. God asks us to be humble but we really never want to be humiliated or brought low.
Clayton King says in his book, “Stronger”: “The thing that is hurting you is the thing that is humbling you, and the thing that is humbling you is actually helping you to get a clearer view of God’s holiness, beauty and strength.”
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 “My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Embrace your limits and cast your cares upon the Lord. “Humble yourself before the Lord your maker.”
Lord, may I embrace my limits and allow You to be my strength. Keep me humble and devoid of pride. It’s my desire to walk humbly before you Lord at all times and in all my ways acknowledge You. In Jesus Name. Amen