The laundry is piling up. The kids are bouncing off the walls. I’ve become an Uber driver for all of the kids’ activities, but I can’t find my keys or my phone. I can’t even find a complete set of shoes, much less matching socks! We are late once again—story of my life. Am I the only one in the house who can change a toilet paper roll? Really? Why does it feel like life is too much to handle?
Maybe you feel called to homeschool, go to Haiti, become a stay-at-home parent, go back to work, supervise a huge team, or are awaiting a well-deserved promotion. With all this responsibility, how will we ever reach our secret dreams?
Maybe, like me, you feel inadequate, confused, overwhelmed, stupid, exasperated, challenged, and insecure. Do you find yourself asking if you’re enough or if you have what it takes? Yes! You do! Because you + God = enough.
Moses is a classic example of someone who felt unqualified while not realizing he already had what he needed. When God told Moses that he would be used to speak to Pharaoh, lead the exit, and deliver the Israelites out of Egypt, Moses’ words declared his disabilities: “I am slow of speech and of tongue.” In essence, Moses believed that the one who created his mouth and voice somehow missed the mark and left him unequipped!
God told Moses he’d go with him, help him speak, and teach him what to say. But no, insecurity had Moses at hello. Moses refused to believe he was capable. God became angry because Moses could not believe that even in his weakness, he was already qualified. However, in mercy, God equipped Aaron to become Moses’ mouthpiece. God, who knew Moses’ thoughts most intimately, believed in him anyway and gave Moses what he needed.
Do you ever feel unqualified or inadequate? God does not want a servant who knows what to do or say. He wants someone who cannot do it on their own but believes that God can do all things through them. God has already provided you with everything you need to carry out His will. He works in you and for you! Now go find your matching shoes. You’ve got this! When life is too much to handle, remember this: You are equipped.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21 NIV