‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’ Philippians 4:13 NKJV
When David first arrived at King Saul’s palace he was a simple, unknown shepherd boy. But he had an impressive CV! God, in essence, said, ‘I saw you kill the bear and the lion; I was watching when you didn’t realise it.’ Solomon wrote, ‘A man’s gift makes room for him…’ (Proverbs 18:16 NKJV) David’s gift may have been only a slingshot, but it opened the door to his future as Israel’s king. So even though what you’ve got doesn’t seem like much, give it to God and watch what He can do with it. You say, ‘But I’m not formally trained.’ All God requires is that you show up, say yes, and make yourself available. When you give God what you’ve got, He gives you what He’s got; that makes your odds unbeatable. ‘But I don’t have the right credentials,’ you say. So what? Benjamin Franklin had less than two years of formal schooling yet at 25 he founded America’s first library, at 31 he started its first fire department, at 36 he designed a heating stove that’s still in use today, at 40 he harnessed the power of electricity, at 45 he founded the nation’s first university, and at 79 he invented bifocals. He was an economist, philosopher, diplomat, inventor, educator, publisher and linguist who spoke and wrote in five languages. Chances are, you already have more education than he had when he was your age. Add to that these two promises, ‘The Lord is my helper…’ (Hebrews 13:6 NKJV) and ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’, and you have what’s required!
SoulFood: Lam 3:40-5:22, Luke 17:1-10, Ps 119:129-136, Pr 18:21