“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” (2 Corinthians 4:7)
Awhile back I picked out a new toothbrush at the store. It was a bit pricey, but I liked the looks of it and thought it would do a good job. After using it a few weeks I was satisfied with it.
Then one day my daughter saw it and said, “How do you like your electric toothbrush?”
“What?” I said.
She asked me, “Didn’t you know it was electric?”
I didn’t. I discovered that my pricey toothbrush did an even better job with the power on.
For many Christians their lives are like that, going through the motions depending upon their own strength and completely forgetting or losing sight of the fact we serve an all powerful God.
We add up what we can do or can’t do based solely upon our own feeble strength and too often count God completely out. This places an artificial limit on us when we could be drawing from a source of power to carry us through and over the top.
Just like all the work I was doing while brushing my teeth instead of letting the toothbrush do what it was made for, we get caught up in trying so hard to accomplish things with our limited abilities that we find ourselves running out of steam, wearing ourselves out, and tiring ourselves down.
Now I am not saying that you should ignore your limitations which may be quite severe, but I know that when I count God into the equation I do far better than when I count Him out. When I rely upon Him my strength is supplemented by His Holy Spirit power, and I can accomplish far more than in my own puny strength.
As you make your plans, or simply face a difficult day, know that you have access to a power source that can take you beyond your means. You have an awesome God who can and will help you if you will call upon Him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, our strength is small but you are all powerful. Be our strength in our weakness, and carry us through when the path becomes rough and rocky, for we can do all things through Your strength and power. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas has Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease. It is through God’s power that he continues down the path of challenges to its positive outcome.