Striving for What Comes Unnaturally


I attribute the title of this blog post to something I heard in a recent sermon – which is that God never asks us to do anything we’re naturally good at.  Let that sink in for a minute.

Moses was a murderer with a speech impediment at the time God called him to go and confront Pharaoh, the civil and religious ruler of Egypt.  Moses was further commanded to lead the Hebrew people out of Egypt – delivering them from their slavery in the process. Moses replied by saying:  “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”

Charles Stanley, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Atlanta, once said that “Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally.  Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.” – in other words, the unnatural.

What Moses was instructed to do was unnatural for him, and I’m sure he felt inadequate for the task of being God’s emissary.  This certainly wasn’t something that was in his wheelhouse – a sheep herder confronting the King of Egypt?

Going back to the original premise of this post, I believe  the reason God requires us to do things that come unnaturally for us, lies in the presumption that to do so, first requires obedience, after which we become empowered to do so by the Holy Spirit.

This same premise is true when it comes to the way we are instructed to live our lives, and respond to the world in which we live – requiring actions and attitudes that are unnatural to us because we were born into sin.  David talks about this in Psalms 51:5, when he says: “For I was born a sinner— yes, from the moment my mother conceived me.

Godly attributes – requisite for the life he calls us to – are unnatural for you and I, because we were born into sin.  I continue to struggle every day with the natural while striving for the unnatural.

There are no perfect Christians, and neither are we called to be – only obedient. Therefore we must continue to aspire, not for earthly wisdom, but for Godly wisdom, so that what was unnatural becomes natural in our lives.