We all have plans and goals. We have projects we are working toward completing or to-do lists that seem ever growing. I know I sure do, and my list seems to grow longer faster than any of it is getting marked as “DONE”.
Along with a to-do list a mile long, I have a growing list of good intentions. A long list of deeds and activities I wish to do for others, that helping hand I want to extend, that invitation I wish to give, yet with all this busy-ness I often find myself in there are many times when I feel so useless. Good intentions remain just that, unfinished intentions of good deeds thought of but never carried through. Grand plans dreamed of, but never put into action.
As humans, the Bible tells us we all sin and fall short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23). The first part of James 3:2 says “we all stumble in many things.” No one is immune from it. Even in the simplest of duties we can fail. I can fail. I will fail. Promises can be broken and responsibilities can be missed. We cause others disappointment and sorrow and sow an ever growing garden of regret in our own heart.
During my morning Bible reading, I came across a verse that really jumped out at me.
“Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.”
“The help of man is useless.” That word “useless” seemed so harsh at first, then I realized how true this verse really stands. No matter how hard we often try, we are sinful, imperfect people who will fail. We will fail ourselves, we will fail our family and friends, and worst of all we will fail God our Father.
I know, what a great way to start my day, thinking of my failures as a mom, wife, and Christian.
But wait! There is good news! Actually it is pretty great, wonderful news!
Want to hear it?
It is really amazing!
Ok, here it goes…..
God NEVER Fails!
Yep, this verse which reminded me of how mankind will all too often fail one another reminded me of many other verses which teach us that God will never fail us! God will never disappoint, God will never let us down!
The prophet Zephaniah wrote in Zephaniah 3:5
The Lord is righteous in her midst,
He will do no unrighteousness.
Every morning He brings His justice to light;
He never fails,
But the unjust knows no shame.
Now that was a great thought to start a day on! A great thought for every day! I serve a God who never fails! A God who is love and guess what, Love Never Fails!
1 John 4:8 (and stated again in verse 16) “ He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.“
And… 1 Corinthians 13:8a “Love never fails.”
It is comforting to know that when I feel useless, He makes me Useful! He completes everything in me that is weak and makes it strong and capable!
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 12:9a
His grace is sufficient for me! For you! For the world! So if today you find yourself feeling useless. Remember there is a God in Heaven who thinks you are amazing! A God and Father who gave the most precious gift in the world for you. A Christ who gave His life so we could be made perfect in Him!
Have a blessed day!