Devotionals

Runners-Up
Anonymous - Jan. 30, 2021
Devotional

“And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (II Corinthians 12:9).

I've grown to really admire the humble people in the Bible. I don't mean those that wander around saying, “I am really just the worst!” I mean those that have given a hard look at themselves and were able to say, “This is more than I can handle.”
When Moses was first visited by God, he tried to convince the Lord that He found the wrong guy. Maybe he was afraid of going back to Egypt. Moses knew how many slaves were there. The idea that a clumsy-tongued shepherd would go and free them from a political superpower would have been astonishing.
Moses wasn't the only one who felt incapable of doing the task that God had given him. Jeremiah said he was too young (Jeremiah 1:6); Gideon didn't think he or his family were prominent enough to command Israel's armies (Judges 6:15); Esther didn't know if the king would be in a mood to have her killed (Esther 4:11).
God has a habit of picking people who are not the first choice that we would make, nor the second, nor the third, nor the ones we would think to bring out. Not only does God choose the runners-up, but He chooses them when they recognize they have no business being on the field in the first place.
Self-reflection isn't always a fun thing, but it's vital for our growth. It’s only when we realize the limits of our strength that we understand we can't make it on our own. It's when we know that the road is getting too hard that we recognize we can't keep going unless God helps us. This is to help us grow in Him, and so He can manifest His power. If we only ever faced problems we were capable of handling alone, where would our reliance on God be? God is at the ready. He's watching and waiting for us to get to the point where we admit that we're in over our heads. In fact, that is at the very heart of salvation.
God says, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (II Chronicles 7:14).