Recently I have joined full time staff here at Capernwray Harbour! When considering being on staff during the summer, I looked at my inexperience, and became a little fearful about the job I was getting into. I knew God was clearly leading me to be on staff, so I brought my concerns to Him in prayer. He spoke to me as I read His word the next morning, and I was really encouraged by what I read.
Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth My people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.
And Moses said to God, Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?
God said, I will surely be with you; and this shall be the sign to you that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain [Horeb, or Sinai].
The Lord gave Moses a job to do: Deliver the Israelites from Pharaoh. God had given him a number of promises and made it clear that He would act on Moses’ behalf. God made it clear that it wasn’t Moses’ abilities or strength that would deliver the Israelites, but God said, “I will surely be with you”.
A man named John Henry Jowett wrote:
“ There need be no “buts” in our relationship to God’s will. Nothing will take the Lord by surprise. The entire field has been surveyed and the preparations are complete. When the Lord says: “I will send thee,” every provision has been made for the appointed task. “I will not fail thee.” He who gives the command will also give the equipment.”
This quote greatly encouraged me that morning. I can see this principle throughout scripture. We are just like Moses! For whatever task God has given us, HE is the one who will equip us for it.
[Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
It is God who gives us not only the desire, but the POWER to work for His good pleasure.
Now may the God of peace… Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).
God Himself equips us, and again, works in us. HE accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, Through Jesus Christ!
Another time I had another experience like this. The Holy Spirit brought to mind a familiar verse, and a good reminder for when we are faced with things we feel inadequate for:
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13