Oftentimes we find ourselves in a situation when we don’t have any power to go on. Oftentimes it happens when problems pile up. And before we have dealt with the first problem, another is right there and another and yet another one. Stress is mounting, and strength is failing. At such times we rush to the things that we know used to help us but nothing seems to work.
At such times, we need to come to our senses and preach to ourselves that we are not in control of our lives. God is. He is the Grand Master of our lives and He knows what He is doing. We also need to remind ourselves that we don’t have strength to go on or deal with all the issues in our lives. We just don’t. All the power is in Christ.
Yet, we need to remember that Christ’s power is available to us. It’s not locked and stored somewhere out of our reach. No, it’s working in us (Eph.3:20). And it’s the power that raised Christ from the dead. It’s the power that gives and sustains faith in believers (Eph.1:19). This immeasurably great power will carry us through all the troubles of our lives. This power is the power that sustains life in the universe and overcomes death and it is working in us to produce good fruits of the Spirit.
It is amazingly beautiful to see the purpose of hard times in stripping us of our feeble powers and making us rely and trust the immeasurably great power and might of God.
I am thankful to the Lord for His supernatural power that is at work in me. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. None of God’s work through me will benefit me if I would try to do it in my own strength. You simply cannot do God’s work with man’s power. It is like trying to push a car by yourself instead of using the car’s engine. You might be able to do it for awhile, but eventually it will exhaust you and you will not get far.
Friends, let’s pray and remember that God is at work in us to do more than we ask or think. So, may we not get weary in well doing because weariness in God’s work is the sign of self-reliance.
By the way, not taking regular times of rest is another sign of self-reliance because then we measure what we can do according to our powers and not according to the immeasurable power of God. To Him be the glory!