Yesterday, as I was reading Alight's blog The Road To The Cross yesterday, a couple of songs went through my mind. The first song, which I made reference to in my comment was You Are My King. The second song was Stronger. The lyrics are:
There is love that came for us
Humbled to a sinner's cross
you broke my shame and sinfulness
you rose again victorious
Faithfulness none can deny
through the storm and through the fire
there is truth that sets me free
Jesus Christ who lives in me
You are stronger you are stronger
Sin is broken you have saved me
it is written Christ is risen Jesus you are Lord of all
No beginning and no end
You're my hope and my defense
you came to seek and save the lost you paid it all
upon the cross
So let your name be lifted higher
Be lifted higher be lifted higher
I found this song and listened to it over and over again. Ironically, when I went to church, we sang it as well. Truly God is stronger than anything we face but do I truly believe it? Do I live my life as a witness of this truth or am I defeated by everything which is thrown in front of me?
I know how I want to live. I don't want my life to be a testimony of me. I want my life to be a testimony that God is indeed stronger and Jesus Christ is Lord of all! I want others to understand that can be their testimony as well.
Far too often, we're trying to do things under our own strength. We try so hard to be strong enough and brave enough. The problem is, we're not. However, we keep persevering and trying to do it ourselves often never realizing we're pushing God's hands away from us. Somehow we equate not being strong enough or brave enough with not being good enough.
Imagine setting a box weighing 50 pounds in front of a child of say, four years old. You place the box in front of the child. The box probably weighs more than the child yet you instruct the child to pick it up and carry it out to your car. Could they do it on their own? Probably not. They might try but they would probably fail. Why? Because it is too heavy for them to handle all by themselves. Would we say the child can't do it because they're not "good enough"? No! We would know it is too much for them to do on their own. We would pick it up on our own. They might run along beside us "helping". They might even hold the door open but we don't expect them to carry it on their own, that's our job as the adult.
We may not stop and think about this in our daily lives but this is truth is apparent to me every day in my profession as a second grade teacher. Throughout the day, my students seek my help not just in academics but to untangle the knot in their shoe, pull out the chair that got jammed into some space and they can't get it out, untangle the braid that got caught, fix the jammed zipper so they won't freeze when they go out to recess, etc. I just remembered on Friday that I had to help a student get out of their locker. They were able to sit in it when they were in kindergarten and first grade but they're bigger now. They squeezed in to put on their boots and...yeah, they couldn't get out again. Fortunately, I've tackled that problem before and by following my directions, they were successfully extracted from the locker with only their pride damaged.
Maybe it's time that we learn a lesson from children and quit trying to be strong enough and brave enough. Maybe we need to run to our Father, admit we're not strong enough or brave enough and allow the One who is to get the job done while we tag along and learn from Him. Praise God, He is stronger and He is our hope and defense...no matter what!
Thanks for all the cool reminders and your "high tech" links etc. We all really do need to remember who our strength is and how weak we are in and of oursleves.
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I needed to be reminded of this today. I'm facing huge tasks, and I have felt almost catatonic--unable to do what needs to be done. I will make a deliberate decision to ask Him to do for what I cannot do for myself. Again, thank you.
Thanks for this. I am putting down my heavy box ... the one that weighs 3 times as much as I do ... right now!
Jesus has said He will carry it for me. Blessed, blessed, Mona!
AHHH Amen. Why is it so hard to ask God to help?. Is it that pride gets in our way, or is it that we really don't understand that God wants to help.
Either way, this blog gave me a warm glow this morning, thankyou
And a big
This has also been on my mind today and the subject of a blog I recently posted. Jesus has broad shoulders, iindded. But He dosn't grab the load from Him. We have to offer it to Him.
And He will shoulder the burden!
Thank you, that';s exactly what I needed to hear today. it touched me thank you.
[quote]do I truly believe it?[/quote]
so often times i don't believe it, so I keep trying to do it in my own strength.
[quote]Far too often, we're trying to do things under our own strength. We try so hard to be strong enough and brave enough. The problem is, we're not. However, we keep persevering and trying to do it ourselves often never realizing we're pushing God's hands away from us. Somehow we equate not being strong enough or brave enough with not being good enough.[/quote]
that's exactly what i do. so thank you so much for the blessing today. it really spoke to my heart.
Thank you for writing what was on your heart. That song is awesome, before I knew it I had my hands raised with tears streaming down my face in worhsip to my Lord and Saviour. Thank you.
Thank you kreynolds,
Psalms 118:14 The LORD [is] my strength and song, and is become my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:19, The LORD God [is] my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' [feet], and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
2 Corinthians 12:9, And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.