There is a proverb that says, “Cut your coat according to your cloth [or size]”. The meaning of this proverb is that one must always undertake what they can manage or afford to do, and no more. It could also mean, one must be realistic in what they can achieve or attain, considering factors such as their ability, knowledge, reputation, wealth (etc.).
The heart of this proverb communicates the value of contentment. In life, there is much wisdom in being realistic and content with what we have. Scripture encourages us by saying, “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord than great treasure and trouble with it”. The next verse reads, “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it” (Proverbs 15:16-17).
While these are wise proverbs and principles that if applied rightly will lead to a quiet and moderate life, the truth is that we can easily settle for less than what God has for us. This can be due to our past experiences, our present circumstances, our awareness of our inadequacies and fears.
This was the case of David, who when asked to marry Saul’s daughter, looked at his then low status and said, “Does it seem to you a little thing to become the king’s son-in-law, SINCE I AM A POOR MAN AND HAVE NO REPUTATION?” (1 Samuel 18:23). Although that was his reality then, the actual truth was that David had been anointed king (in private), and that should have been the basis of his confidence.
Sometimes in spite of God’s truth and promises that should renew our minds and form the basis of our confidence (faith) in attempting great things in this life; like David, we may sadly limit ourselves because of our current circumstances or inadequacies.
The truth however is that, when we put on our spiritual lenses and see things in God’s reality by faith, we can then confidently say that all things are possible for the one who believes (Mark 9:23). Our faith in God’s truth and promises enables us to actively walk in our true identity as children of God. In this reality (the reality of a son in the kingdom), boldness is made available to the shy and timid. The one who was perceived weak is made strong. The once homeless addict is made a great evangelist to the nations. The poor and needy is provided for and made a blessing to others. The confused and wayward now finds purpose and direction in life. Ultimately, the possibilities are limitless in accordance with God’s will.
Today, I would like to encourage you to be courageous in your walk of faith and life. Don’t be limited by your present circumstances, but rather, put on your spiritual lenses and see the great plans God has for you. In faith, walk in it like a child of God.
“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).