November 21, 2003

What God can do with us through hardship, through limitation, even through seeming failure, is a testimony to his grace and his authority, his sovereignty and his care. I am reminded of the words of Bishop Phillips Brooks, “Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers; pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle.”

What is in the time you hold before you this very moment? Do you see limits and fear? Or do you see as Paul saw, delightful limitations and glorious impossibilities made approachable by the God who is near? In our gazing at the One who has given us this moment, even in our weakness, He can accomplish much. God has given you this day. He will give you what you need to walk in it mightily with Him.

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