‘I … am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.’ Psalm 102:7 KJV
The Bible is full of examples of one person getting involved and making a massive difference. Quite often, they’re little guys who don’t really fit into the shoes of a big-shot hero. Young David was the only person who stood up to Goliath (1 Samuel 17). One little boy gave up his lunch, and then watched Jesus turn it into an all-you-can-eat buffet for 5,000 (John 6:9–11). And while we’re on the subject, there was only one Son of God. He made a pretty big difference, too.
Problem is, God’s plans for us have a habit of taking us out of our comfort zones, and it can be tempting to say, ‘Sorry God, I can’t do it. You’ve picked the wrong person for this plan.’ The psalmist must have been feeling like this when he wrote today’s title verse in Psalm 102. He compares himself to a sparrow—powerless, small, alone. But God’s brilliant at using our weaknesses and turning them into strengths.
Is God calling you into a place where you don’t feel entirely safe, at ease, or strong? God’s prepared the path for you. He wants us to know that ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
If there’s one pattern you can pick up from a skim-read of your Bible, it’s simply this: God wants to use our weaknesses. It’s not a case of ‘He’ll even use you, but He’d rather use stronger people for better things’. No! He wants to take you to places you’ve never been with Him, and all He needs is a ‘yes’. So: ‘yes’?
SoulFood: Is 4–7, John 6:16–24, Ps 126, Prov 27:17–19
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2016