“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the LORD Almighty. — Zechariah 4:6
Here are a few interesting facts you may not have known about some very famous people:
- Booker T. Washington was born into slavery.
- Thomas Edison was deaf.
- Abraham Lincoln was born of illiterate parents.
- Lord Byron had a club foot.
- Robert Louis Stevenson had tuberculosis.
- Alexander Pope was a hunchback.
- Admiral Nelson had only one eye.
- Julius Caesar was an epileptic.
And yet despite the fact that each of these men encountered severe setbacks in life, each of them made history.
So often today, Christians like to make excuses for why they don’t think God can use them. They talk about their bad health, their unfortunate background, or their lack of education and simply accept that they’ll never truly make a significant impact.
Yet for every excuse or limitation that’s given as a reason for God’s inability to use a person, God reminds us that it’s not by our might or by our power that He accomplishes His purposes; it’s by His Spirit.
Do you have a handicap? Are you limited in some way? Call on the Lord. No problem is too big or too small for Him. He will make everything “work together for good” (Romans 8:28) if you turn to Him and trust in His power!
Thank God for the blessings He’s given you. Pray that His Spirit would work perfectly in your imperfections.
Questions for thought
What limitation gets in the way of letting God use you? Have you been using this as an excuse to ‘play it safe?’
How might the truth of Zechariah 4:6 encourage you to step out in faith today?