I have been reading, again, the book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire. The other night as I went to bed with a number of heavy thoughts on my mind, I read the passage above. I was moved to set aside the book - right at the end of the paragraph, without even finishing the page! The Holy Spirit prompted me to pray. I have often been able to pull things off in my own "cleverness and energy". But there are some things before us right now that are beyond the scope of my ability. We need Him to intervene. More and more, He is calling me to trust in Him rather than the people and resources around me. He seems to be providing opportunities for me to choose to trust in Him and to call out to Him or try to resolve things on my own.
God is able to resolve any situation. But for some reason, He chooses to place before us the option of inviting Him to be the solution. I think there is some good insight into His reasoning below:
We don't often use this blog for theological or academic discussion, but these seem to be pointing to a theme which the Holy Spirit is pressing in my life. My desire is to trust in Him. But I know that often I say I trust in Him while I strive to overcome obstacles without even seeking His guidance, let alone His assistance.