2 Chronicles 20:12 (NIV)
"For we have no power to face this vast enemy that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you"
I believe that God knew exactly what He was going to do with Abraham. Abraham needed to grow and wants understand the dimension of God's empowerment in his life. Likewise, whenever God involves himself with you in His activity, the assignment that will be given will most likely be much larger than you are able to grasp at the time of the assignment. I am convinced that God wants to demonstrate His nature, His strength and His provisions to you whom He loves. Those encounters with God happen in a way where the world is meant to come to know God through His love and care for us.
During the events of which I have spoken to you! God responded continuously with words that were reassuring. When the vast Midianite army came upon King Jehoshaphat and Israel, God responded to them. Here's what he said,
"Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's ....You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance The Lord will give you."
2 Chronicles 20:15 and 17 (NIV)
The word so encouraged King Jehoshaphat that he sent out a choir in front of the army singing praise to God for His great love. The scripture tells us that God destroyed the invading army before Jehoshaphat and Israel got to the battle field. The end result was
"the fear of the Lord came upon all the kingdoms of the countries when they heard how the Lord fought against the armies of Israel."
2 Chronicles 20:29 (NIV)
According to the scripture early Christians followed the direction of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts records that within a short period of time, it turned the world upside down. It is so clear that God uses us to be a harbinger of God's sized encounters. With these things in mind, I believe that our world may see our commitment to the church and our service toward God, but I ask, "Are they really seeing God?" If it is all about our activities, do they see God through our activities?
Are we only attempting what we can do or are we doing things that only God can do through us?
The world will pass us by as just another organization among many good organizations. What will capture their imagination is when the challenges are so big that it could only be God. In other words, they are God sized difficulties and challenges that will give witness to who He is among us as He shows forth His provision.