Busy week and starting to drag? So many things going on starting to get tired? Looking for a way to get energized? Looking for something that can get you pumped up? Trying to get your energy back? Trying to find enough energy to get through a day? Trying to find enough energy to make it through the hour? Are you trying to find your energy in yourself or are you looking outside yourself? Are you using your own power and tools to try and get it? Are you looking upward for the energy you really need?
Will you turn to Jesus? Will you go to the fountain where after drinking from it you won’t thirst anymore? Will you go to the one who was able to heal the sick, raise the dead, make the blind see, and make the lame walk? Will you go to the one who conquered the grave and the power of sin? Or will you try to do it in your own power, strength, intelligence, and go-getter attitude? Are you willing to reach beyond yourself? Do you realize that there is another way?
Ever heard the story about the dad who was encouraging his son that he could do it if he used all his strength. We need to realize that part of our strength, our energy is available outside of ourselves!
Was looking and found the story told online this way…
A young boy was walking with his father along a country road. When they came across a very large tree branch the boy asked, “Do you think I could move that branch?”
His father answered, “If you use all your strength, I’m sure you can.”
So the boy tried mightily to lift, pull and push the branch but he couldn’t move it. Discouraged he said, “Dad, you were wrong. I can’t do it.”
His dad said, “Try again.” This time, as the boy struggled with the branch his father joined him and together they pushed the branch aside.
“Son,” the father said, “the first time you didn’t use all your strength. You didn’t ask me to help.”
This is an important lesson. There are many things we can’t do alone, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get them done. We all are surrounded by resources that can be mobilized to help us achieve our goals – including family, friends and faith. Sometimes we fail to ask for help because of pride or stubbornness. Sometimes we think it’s a sign of weakness to admit we need a hand. And sometimes we don’t even think about asking for help. Whatever the reason, it’s a waste.
It’s important that we learn to use all our strength; this includes inner resources such as discipline, courage and even love. But it also includes outer resources. Just as we should willing help others we should be willing to ask the help of others. It’s one of the great things about being human.
*The story is derived from a story told by David Wolpe in Teaching Your Children About God (Harper Perennial, 1995)
Your strength isn’t held by you alone, but also by the people who march alongside you. Your strength isn’t held by you alone, but also by the God who created you. Your strength isn’t held by you alone, but also in the power of the cross where Jesus defeated the power of sin and death making ways for second, third, … chances.
The Holy Spirit is right here and available if we would just be humble and willing enough to ask, seek, and knock, we could watch the miracles of God take place in and through our lives!
Today’s devotional speaks to these points as it relates to the Energy of God…
- Where does it come from? … Psalm 68:28-35
- What is it like? … John 19:28-20:9
- How do we receive it? … 1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. — from Psalm 68:35
Today’s devotional calls out a very important fact we need to make sure we don’t forget…
When the New Testament speaks of God’s love, the focus is the cross. When the New Testament speaks of God’s energy, power and strength, the focus is the resurrection (Ephesians 1:19–20). We rightly think of power belonging to God. Yet we so easily forget that God’s power is also ‘for us who believe’ (v.19).
The same power and energy that raised Jesus Christ from the dead now lives in you.
–from Day 151: Bible In One Year 2017
So let’s be like David and be strengthened by putting our trust in God!
David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lordhis God.
–from 1 Samuel 30:6
and today’s devotional closes with this reminder…
Follow David’s example – spend time with God strengthening yourself, being re-energised and then trusting him wholeheartedly, believing that he is in you by his Spirit and believing that you are able to do whatever you need to do through him.
–from Day 151: Bible In One Year 2017