You don’t have what it takes.
What is your reaction to that above statement? Does it make you angry? Do you feel resistant? Do you want to prove it wrong? Does it deflate you into resignation?
It’s been my experience that when it comes to what I believe God wants me to do, I am brought to the very end of myself. When it comes to my calling, whether it be writing, ministry, or work, I don’t have what it takes.
“God will never give you more than you can handle,” is a very misguided saying. I think it comes from this verse –
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV
Firstly, the verse is specifically addressing temptation. Secondly, there is a hinge to the verse. I think we like the second sentence because its comforting “…he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” Awesome. So, I’ve got this. Except, it continues, “But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” He will provide a way out. I don’t have what it takes to endure temptation. He will provide a way to endure it.
I think a similar principle works with our calling. There will come a time when tempation comes – the tempation to quit. Things just become too hard, life becomes too busy, and we encounter resistance from the least expected of places. We find when we go at it alone, we don’t have what it takes. I think this is done by design. Its done so that we know its not because of us that we have attained anything. It all comes from God.
You may not agree with this world view, but it has been extremely helpful to me in times when I feel inadequate, unqualified, beaten down and tired. In those moments, I hear the quiet voice whisper, “Who are you trusting?” All too often I am trusting in my own ability which is extremely limited. I need to trust God whose ability is sufficient and unending.