We spend much effort trying to sharpen our skills or increase our strength. There’s nothing wrong with that, in fact, our gifts can be used to glorify God. But when we use our skills without regard for God, they are indeed worth little. It is our fear (reverence) and trust that God desires. When He has those, then He will use our skills and strengths in ways far greater than we can imagine. “His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor His delight in the legs of the warrior; the Lord delights in those who fear Him, who put their hope in His unfailing love.” (Ps. 147:10-11)

Throughout the Bible, we can read stories of people that God chooses to do great things through, and they are usually people that men wouldn’t choose. “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” (1 Cor. 1:27) But those He chooses, seek His counsel, His wisdom, His strength and do not depend on their own. “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.” (1 Chron. 16:11)

Yesterday I was reminded in several ways, that I myself do not know what to do in many situations. Yet when I stand where He tells me to stand and do what He tells me to do, He will show up. “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” (Ps. 33:18) I only need to depend on His instruction. “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Ps. 32:8) And then we are to not only trust in Him, but submit to His Word. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6)