When God Uses Our Busted Efforts

After our 9:00 service this Sunday, I commented to my wife, “That was easily 1 of the 5 worst sermons I’ve ever preached in my life.”

I know it probably wasn’t, but it just felt that way to me.

Have you ever felt like something you were supposed to do well just fell flat?

I just felt out of sync for some reasons, and yet I wholeheartedly believed that God would use it despite my frailty.

People gave encouraging words afterward, but it’s just a weird feeling when it just doesn’t connect in your own mind. I realized that oftentimes when I think something is horrible, people encourage me the most. When I think something was stellar, the only feedback I receive is the sound of crickets.

Years ago, I would have been devastated and inconsolable with a feeling like that, but I have truly learned to trust God in the process.

I was calm and believed that God would use it. From feedback, he apparently did yet again despite of how I felt.

I still believe that the Word will hit its mark every time.

10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:10-11

He hasn’t let me down once! Be encouraged. God still takes the little we have and uses it greatly.

Sometimes God makes the best out of what you think to be the worst.