byon May 22, 2012
We’re good enough, we’re smart enough, and doggonit, people like us. Nope.
Actually we’re not good enough, we’re not smart enough, and people don’t like us. And we don’t like people. That’s who we are apart from Jesus according to Titus 3.3. Everything we are is dependent on the Lord.
1 O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:
2 you with your own hand drove out the nations, but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples, but them you set free;
3 for not by their own sword did they win the land, nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm, and the light of your face, for you delighted in them.
Compare how many things it says they did themselves with how many things the Lord did by his own hand. Here’s a hint: it’s not close. They did nothing, yet the Lord moved and worked.
As we plant, as we are a people who live on-mission, and as we go about life, with all of its struggles, one of our greatest needs is a realization of our dependence on the Lord and an urgency and burden for prayer. The Lord can do the work. We must learn to ask and listen.