If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them.” Numbers 14:8-9 (NIV)
What would you do if I gave you an assignment that was too big for you? What would you do if I gave you an assignment that seemed completely overwhelming? Is this a trick question? Are you kidding me? No, I am not asking you a trick question. No, I am not kidding you? Why would you think that? You used the word, ‘if”. Yes, I did. There is no, “if”, about your question. “If” indicates that there may be a possibility that you might give me an overwhelming assignment that is too big for me. You have a problem with my use of the word, “if”? No, not really. I do think you could replace that word, “if”, with, “when”. Yes, I could. Why is that? You have already given me assignments in the past that were overwhelming and too big for me. You are certain to give me assignments that are overwhelming and too big for me in the future. Yes, I will.
What have you done and when I have given you an assignment that is overwhelming and too big for you? Sometimes, I have run from overwhelmingly large assignments. Sometimes, I have argued with you over overwhelmingly large assignments. I have doubted. I have been filled with fear. I have complained. I have debated. I have dodged and I have ducked. You have done all of these things and more with my large assignments. Is this what you will continue to do? No, it is not.
What will you do now, when I give you an assignment that is overwhelming and too big for you? I will say yes to you. I will rely on you. I will ask you for your help. I will have faith that you will give me all I will need to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That’s good. There is something I have come to know. What’s that? You have given me large and overwhelming assignments that are too big for me because you love me. What does my love have to do with the size of the assignments I have given to you? You want me to know you. You want me to draw near to you. You want me to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. Yes, I do. Nothing has drawn me closer to you than to have an overwhelming assignment that is too big for me. As I have come to rely on you for your help I have come to know you and your will and your ways. That’s right. So, count on receiving more large assignments from me. Yes, I will. That is very good.
Lord, I will not let fear and doubt prevent me from saying yes to what you are asking me to do for you. I will trust and believe that you are with me and will give me all that I need to accomplish the assignment you have given to me. Amen
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