When facing different life situations, I often come to the obvious conclusion that I just don’t measure up as someone who can get the job done!
For example, although I don’t ever want to serve as a juror, I have had to fill that roll on numerous occasions. Before I show up to the courtroom, I have had the feeling that it is not going to be a big deal and to just do the time so I can be free of this service again for another 3 years. However, by the time I sit in the courtroom and hear both sides of a trial, all of a sudden I feel like, “who am I to try and determine someone’s guilt or innocence?” I no longer feel like any part of it is easy and I feel horribly inadequate.
I can imagine that David might have felt like that a time or two in his life. Perhaps while he was preparing to fight Goliath. Surely that thought of not measuring up at least crossed his mind. Or perhaps later in his life when he was approached by Nathan and David’s sin with Bathsheba was brought to light…surely David’s guilt made him question if he was unqualified to be king any longer.
Maybe it’s a character flaw that you have tried fiercely to hide but it keeps popping back up. It’s hard to feel qualified if you live with the fear that a struggle with anger, lust or lying may return with a vengeance.
Maybe it’s your role as a husband or wife that haunts you. Do you play your parts well in public, but once inside the confines of your home, are you a completely different person?
Many people live with a daily struggle of not feeling qualified in any shape, form or fashion to meet the tasks before them. The good news here is that God continually picked people who were inadequate…on their own. Look at the heroes of the Bible. It is full of men and women who were all unqualified!
Give your inadequacies to our Father; He is a good, good God. Let Him be where you draw your strength. Let us respond the way Paul did:
“8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me. 10 That is why, for the sake of Christ, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10