I was recently given a photo of myself when I was a tiny person. So cute! And as I look back over the years since that shot was taken, I am amazed at all the things I have learned and accomplished in the intervening years. Not that I’ve done anything that extraordinary, but that all that potential was stored up in that little me, growing and developing into the person that I have become.
In Psalm 60, David was reflecting on the damage that his nation had suffered; because they had not obeyed God they had lost his protection and got themselves into a mighty mess. But David recognised that with God, there is always a way back. If we stay in the mess, it’s our own choice. God always loves us, and is always willing to help us back – but he will not accompany us if we insist on living life wrong.
God had helped them to defeat the Canaanites against huge odds, when they were just a small group of people. Now they had a fully fledged, powerful army – but for all that, they still needed God on their side. Natural ability is great, but far from everything we need.
It reminded me of 1 Corinthians 13 passage about love – I might be the most gifted person on earth, but without love, I am nothing. And God is love. No matter how clever I am, or how powerful I have become, regardless of anything I have achieved, if I don’t do it with God, it’s nothing.
If you want your life to count for something, invite God into everything you do. Don’t hold him at arm’s length, or ignore his ways. “With God, we shall gain the victory.” Don’t try going it alone, however good you think you are.