31 Days With Elisabeth Elliot: God’s Help For God’s Assignment

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This taken from a a chapter called “God’s Help For God’s Assignment” from Elisabeth’s book A Lamp For My Feet:

Sometimes a task we have begun takes on seemingly crushing size, and we wonder what ever gave us the notion that we could accomplish it. There is no way out, no way around it, and yet we cannot contemplate actually carrying it through. The rearing of children or the writing of a book are illustrations that come to mind. Let us recall that the task is a divinely appointed one, and divine aid is therefore to be expected. Expect it! Ask for it, wait for it, believe that God gives it. Offer to Him the job itself, along with your fears and misgivings about it. He will not fail or be discouraged. Let his courage encourage you. The day will come when the task will be finished. Trust Him for it.

“For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded, therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed” (Is 50:7 AV).

This is one I have come back to many times and found true. I tend to resist those tasks that I know are beyond me (and really, everything would be without His aid), but that’s where we really see God’s enabling power at work.

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10 thoughts on “31 Days With Elisabeth Elliot: God’s Help For God’s Assignment

  1. What a lovely quote. So true. Life seems filled with impossible tasks… so glad we have a God with whom all things are possible.

    I am going to have to revisit some of your posts to write down all these great reminders!

  2. If we only experience things we can handle on our own, we don’t need God to get through life. Its not fun to go through some of those big things, but thats really when God shows up in a big way.

  3. I am appreciating these posts a lot! Seriously, just when I get all riled up (which happens eventually most days), I find myself thinking — go to Barbara’s and read her Elisabeth Elliot post 🙂

  4. This is a great quote. I think it is interesting a few of the things I read were about following dreams and taking steps when it seems too big. I wonder what God is trying to tell me. 🙂

  5. What great wisdom Elizabeth Elliot had. I really needed to read this one today. God gave me the task, and He will see me through (such as rearing children or writing a book – I already did the former with his help, and now I’m doing the latter because I made it through the former)! Thanks for sharing this.

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  7. We’re in the midst of God changing our direction of ministry. It’s tough to let go and let God do the driving. Thanks for this post. I love Elizabeth Elliot

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