Oftentimes, feelings of powerlessness come over me after I’ve faced circumstances armed and animated with all I’ve got and nothing’s budged. Powerlessness begets hopelessness, or does hopelessness beget powerlessness? (This might just be a chicken-and-egg argument.)
All of My thinking, all of MY tactics, all of MY strength, all of MY, MY, MY ways. (See the theme here?)
“But he said to me, ‘MY grace is sufficient for you, for MY power is made perfect in weakness.’ – 2 Corinthians 12:9A NIV
It was important for me to feel powerlessness, so I could feel the power of God. Life was never the same once I knew God would fight for me even when I was still. This is completely counter-intuitive to say the least! Where’s the hustle? The trying? The killing myself to get results? It’s all out the back door, along with all of my strength expended.
God knows, I instinctively run from feeling powerless, weak, and unable, and yet He tells me to embrace it:
“Be still, and know that I am God…” – Psalm 46:10 NIV
“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31 NIV
REST. TRUST. WAIT. Do when I say do. Go when I say Go. Share when I say Share. REST. TRUST. WAIT. (REPEAT.)
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