Partnership

“The best of it is, God is with us.”

John Wesley

I can identify with Gideon’s feelings of inadequacies to fulfill God’s call, in Judges 6:15. “‘But Lord,’ Gideon asked, ‘how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.'” When God first assigned me to “mentor the masses,” I thought, How in the world will I be able to do that when I struggle with writing and I’m not speaking? God encouraged Gideon in the next verse with these words: “I will be with you.”

Gideon acknowledged his weakness. He knew in his own strength, he could not do what God asked him to do. Gideon was already fearful of the Midianites, so how could he strike them all down. All along God knew that what he asked Gideon to do was impossible for Gideon to complete on his own. But if Gideon would partner with God, it would be attainable.

It’s the same with the destinies God places in front of us. They’re impossible to fulfill by ourselves. God’s call on our lives is always an invitation to partner with Him. He doesn’t want us to try to do it in our own strength. Instead, He desires for us to lean dependently upon Him, collaborating with Him in His work.

In II Corinthians 3:4-6a, the apostle Paul confirmed this truth. “Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant…” Our ability to do what God has asked us to do comes from God. Whatever God has entrusted to us can only be accomplished by joining a partnership with God.

Long ago I learned this equation: God + Norma = Anything Possible! Whatever God has called me to, mentoring the masses or getting the house ready to sell, I will be able to do because God is with me.

“You never know God is all you need until God is all you have.”

Rick Warren

Relevant Reflections:

  1. What is God’s assignment for you?
  2. How can you partner with God to fulfill it?

 

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