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I am a handmaiden

Do you ever wonder why you just don’t feel effective? I have. Many times. Too many times. I have this desire to serve the Lord, but there are times when I feel like I am just utterly failing. Things aren’t happening – I’m doing a horrible job. It’s just not coming together. I have wondered WHY??? Why would this be happening?!

Perhaps it’s because I don’t understand my role. I am the servant – He is the master. I am the clay – He is the potter. I can do nothing without him. As the servant I must wait for God to instruct me in order to serve Him. There will be some things that I just know I must do, but I do not possess the resources to accomplish these tasks. Any household servant would know that there must be food on the table three times a day. But, if the master doesn’t supply the servant with money to buy groceries then he can’t complete his task! He doesn’t have the resources on his own. He is entirely dependent on the master – even to be a servant!

It is the same in our relationship with God. I am entirely dependent on God to give me the ability to serve Him. I cannot be effective on my own. I can’t successfully lead a girl’s Bible Study without getting supplies from the Lord. He must give me the wisdom, patience, grace, understanding, compassion, love, and endurance to faithfully serve Him.

And guess what? He will do it. If we wait upon the Lord He will fill us with everything we need to serve Him all the days of our lives. The only thing required on our side is the knowledge that we are weak, inadequate, and entirely dependent on Christ. We just look to Him … He will come.

“As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the LORD our God, till he shows us his mercy.”
Psalm 123:2

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