Wednesday, October 10, 2012

“In the Power of His Might”

     Frances and I both felt quite weary yesterday.  She had worked the night before, I had not slept well, and we seemed to have lead in our veins as the day began.

     Alas, however, our schedule included 4 services throughout the afternoon and evening.  On the way to the first meeting, I mentioned to Frances that I planned in one of my sermons to mention the Apostle Paul’s command, “Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).  “We’re going to have the chance to experience this truth today,” I wryly commented.  Frances completely agreed.   

     Of course, a faithful God did in fact strengthen us to fulfill our privileged responsibilities.  Before, in between, and after the meetings, we were limp as dishrags.  But during, we discovered yet again that Moses spoke truly when he declared of the Lord’s faithful enabling: “As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25).  This has happened so often over the years that it’s no longer surprising.  However, it is never less than awe-inspiring, and we always come away with fresh appreciation of God’s perfect trustworthiness and enabling presence.

     Tiredness of mind and body in the face of duties to be fulfilled provides conscious opportunity to experience the truth that born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ do not live by our own resources. 

    “By the grace of God I am what I am: and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me” (I Corinthians 15:10). 

     We “live through Him,” as the Apostle John exulted, discovering that human weariness and weakness provide the perfect environment for Divine power and strength (I John 4:9).  This we must believe, regardless of how tired we may feel.  The living God dwells with and within us, and He promises, “My strength is made perfect in weakness” (II Corinthians 12:9).  Yet again, Frances and I discovered yesterday that no one has ever trusted in the present and enabling Lord Jesus, and been disappointed for doing so.  And no one ever will…

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True.”
(Revelation 19:11)
“We shall live with Him by the power of God.”
(II Corinthians 13:4)

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