“But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble.” — Isaiah 33:2
Does it seem to you that the only miracle stories you hear occurred in remote African villages or obscure Chinese provinces? Is God visibly active only on the mission field?
Steven Mosley, author of If Only God Would Answer, believes the reason we hear more stories from missionary ventures than local churches is, “God is most active when we are reaching out most. He stretches out when we stretch out.”
Consider the life of George Mueller. He wrote an entire book of answers to specific prayer requests he made while living in complacent Victorian England. Mueller was stretched—he was seeking to meet the needs of two thousand orphans.
In remote China, Hudson Taylor was given needed funds or had personal needs met without ever making an appeal to any human being. Taylor was stretched—sharing the Gospel where it had not been preached before.
Brother Andrew, “God’s Smuggler,” had an abundance of answered prayers. He, too, was stretched—devoting his life to taking Bibles behind the iron curtain.
The truth is obvious: God is most active in the thick of it! Are we asking God today to help meet our heart’s desires, or are we asking Him how we may help Him meet His heart’s desires?
God is calling us to big things. God is calling us to impossible things. God is calling us to live beyond ourselves. God is saying to us: don’t pray for tasks suited to your capacity, but pray for capacity suited to your task.
If you and I would step out in faith into an impossible situation, we would find God working in the thick of it!