When you feel incapable
I see you over there trying to keep all the balls in the air. Trying to be a great mom or dad, while keeping the house running and perhaps working too. Sometimes you forget stuff for your kids, and put your spouse last on the priority list, and you feel like a complete failure. I see you trying to keep your relationship with God a priority, but sometimes you’re so tired you sleep instead, or you get distracted by something completely unworthy of your distraction. I see you considering your health and sometimes exercising/eating right … even if it’s not as often as you’d like.
Sometimes you worry more than you’d like to, or are short with people you love. Sometimes you make bad choices. All of this leaves you feeling like you’re incapable of living the way God intended. You feel so far from what you’re suppose to be.
But God sees something different. He sees someone who loves Him. Who considers Him and His ways. Not everyone does this. He sees His child. He sees worthiness, and a treasure. And He sees His great plans for you, which, believe it or not, are already playing out … even if it looks messier than you imagined.
Often-times when I am designing something, it looks like pure crap in the process. I have good vision for it, and trust that with enough time and attention it will eventually look beautiful—but I need to stick with it through the crap stage (which seems like forever) before I see it all come together.
Well, we are God’s creation. We are His masterpieces. And He doesn’t make crap. Granted … things may look crappy for while, but He is creating something beautiful. Trust me … He’s the absolute, best designer.
All that really matters is that you have a heart that’s yielded to Him. He can do lots with that.
I love this passage:
His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor is His delight in the legs of man, the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love. – Psalm 147:10-11
You may feel totally incapable. Completely ill-equipped to live a good and fruitful life, but God says otherwise. He takes no pleasure in your strength, or ability to multi-task and dominate life. He’s not impressed with someone who is just naturally killing it and breezing through their to-do list. He is captivated by the person who knows they need Him. By the one who is relying and hoping in His unfailing love to help them do what pleases Him.
So if you feel like you’ve been failing, flailing or flubbing it all up … just know that He is there. Able to help those who look to Him for support—for comfort and for ability far beyond their own. Give Him your heart and hope, and as you move forward, He will do what you cannot do.
The fact is we are all incapable of living the way God intended. That’s the point. We are made and blessed to need Him. It gives us a perfect channel for a real/day-to-day relationship with Him. He is our Shepherd and Helper. He is the Vine.
With Him everything is possible. Without Him we can do nothing of eternal value … and the glorious truth is that in Him we are inherently and eternally valuable, loved and delighted in, no matter how incapable we feel.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible. -Matthew 19:26
I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. – John 15:1-5
But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus.
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. – Ephesians 2:4-10