By Marni Montanez
Ephesians 6:10 Complete Jewish Bible
Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength!
ďyou are stronger than you thinkĒ.
I must have heard those words a thousand times. Iíve even said them.
But for some reason on this particular day and the days that followed there was a shift in how I saw itís meaning in my life.
Itís true we are weak and messy creatures. We wander through life with a chip on our shoulder and feeding off worldly leftovers. When we canít move forward and feel emotionally or mentally exhausted we become offended with ourselves and purpose once again to be that perfect Christian. But this shall never be. Christianity on earth is a journey that takes us on windy roads and steep hills and just seem to be endless. Sometimes we find ourselves in dark places or spiritually dry deserts. Most of our walk is spent in a waiting period of frustration and feeling like itís all senseless.
We have a limited view of our own future and trying to figure it out is like going into a dark unfamiliar room, with a cover over our eyes and our hands bound behind our backs. We have no idea of the things we will encounter in that room. In every movement there is a risk of bumping into something or slipping and falling on the ground. Fear invades our life in these situations and we feel alone and betrayed.
When we feel totally helpless, weak and unable, we find ourselves right where God wants us; Facing our own inability and lack. This allows us the freedom to see the truth and in this position we find our call to rest in God. Leaning into the Almighty allows us to move forward in the dark with ease and fearlessness. When God is walking before us carrying the lamp of life, we can put our hand upon His shoulder and listen to His footsteps. Then we are able to discern His Spirit move forward or backward or suddenly stop. With all our senses focused on Him and our eyes opened to His great ability and our great inability, our journey will be made into the incredible life God planned for us to have.
In this union with Godís, His strength can be transferred into our spirits. As we are nourished by His spirit and the presence of His words, we become intertwined with Him and as the vines of His truth surround us we are made one with our Creator.
In this oneness there is natural strength that pours into us from His ever empowering reservoir of life. It is not our strength we need.
It is Godís strength.
Challenge: Ask God to show you areas you have taken control in and practice letting those areas go. Verbally put them into the hands of God.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.