End of Self, Beginning of God

It seems like every preacher has a story about the time God changed up the sermon at the last minute.  I always hoped it would never happen to me.  It did–my first Sunday at my new post.

All week long I’d had a stinky attitude.  All sorts of little things were going wrong, and the frustation added up.  By Saturday night, I knew I couldn’t preach the message on love without feeling like a big hypocrite. 

My devotional reading that morning had been in 2 Corinthians 1:8-11, where the apostle Paul writes about some of the troubles he had.  He says he despaired to the point that he thought he would die.  But then, in verse 9, he concludes that these things happened so he would learn to stop relying on himself and start relying on God.

What a lesson for us!  When we reach the end of ourselves and run out of time, money, energy, and all our other resources, the only thing we have left is God.  And that’s right where He meets us.

This weekend I learned not to rely on my own preparation for preaching, but to rely instead on God.  I had to–I had no choice!

Published in: on May 7, 2007 at 12:00 pm  Leave a Comment  

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