“Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves . . . but our competence comes from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:4-5)

Confidence comes from competence. But, there’s the rub; God never calls us to a task for which we’re adequate. If He did, He would be superfluous and faith unnecessary. God calls us into arenas to fight giants and outrun horses. The challenge is always too great for our natural abilities. Our first instinct is to flee the fray the moment we realize our inadequacy. But this is the exact moment God has been waiting for. The moment we recognize the insufficiency of our own strength is when we can discover the all-sufficient strength of Christ in us. This is faith – the cry of desperate dependence to Him through whom you can do all things. This cry moves God to move mountains. Face today’s giants in the confidence of Christ’s competence in you. You’ll find that by Him you can run against a troop, and by your God you can leap over a wall (Ps. 18:29).

© Paul R Downing

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