By Kevin Welborn / @theKevinWelborn
For real, people. I got nothing right now. I am staring at Microsoft Word and am attempting to create an article for www.backrowonline.com that will mold the next generation and change the landscape of humanity in the 21st century. I am coming up empty.
It is like the 12 year old me wearing purple denim in the early 90s… I am trying too hard and it is painfully obvious.
In a typical week, I preach or teach four different times and sometimes more. In ten years as a youth minister (shout out to SJBC!), I taught over 500 Wednesday night Bible studies. Thinking about those numbers, I should be way better at it than I am.
Shocker alert! Sometimes I am just a few minutes from the Sunday morning sermon and I am miles away in my preparation. I feel like my notes are garbage, the outline is ignorant, and my conclusion is completely lame. Often these sermons turn out to be a major bust in my opinion and I feel that I wasted everyone’s time.
Wildly, these are quite frequently the sermons people remember the best or they mention that it had a profound effect on them in one way or another. Obviously, this makes me feel much better about everything and I truly appreciate their encouragement.
But what does that say to me when I have nothing to say and yet God still uses my nothingness? Be faithful; don’t seek an excuse to bail. He has covered you this long; trust Him one more time. He called you to do this and you said you would; honor that commitment.
The God Who has promised to always stay true to us still honors His promises with us. If He has said He will never leave us, then you take that as rock solid. When He has said to trust Him with your money and that He will provide, you can take the rest of the night off from worry.
Why do we trust Jesus with our eternity so easily, but we question His ability to cover us for the next month? Or in the harrowing moments before a sermon? Even just the next 30 minutes?
Because we still trust our own ability more than God’s. Remember the disciples? They witnessed Jesus feed the multitude with a little fish and bread and then just a short time later, they were worried about starving to death. They were in the boat with Jesus! Relax, Simon the Zealot!
You have nothing. You have always had nothing. That is why Jesus is necessary, He supplies everything at all times and is not incapable of providing what you require.
Isaiah 59:1 says, “Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or His ear dull, that it cannot hear.”
Do not apply your own maladies to God, He has none. You got nothing.
And that’s right where He wants you.
Kevin Welborn is the pastor at Highland Baptist Church in Clovis, NM. He is married and has two daughters. He loves his native Texas, sports, and exploring creation. The most famous person he has ever met is someone you have never heard of. You can contact Kevin on Twitter at @theKevinWelborn.