Loving God With All My Strength
Posted in Wisdom
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25
On Friday afternoon, the end of a particularly busy week, my husband and I sat on the couch after work to figure out what to do for dinner. I’m not sure what happened, but we both fell asleep — at 5:30 pm. It was light outside. The kids were playing noisily in the back of the house, but we were just flat worn out.
As typical Americans, we go hard at everything. Work so hard. Mom so hard (and Dad so hard). Volunteer so hard. Play so hard. We tell ourselves, and the world, that we are stronger than germs. Stronger than fear. Stronger than any mental or physical load that is placed in our path.
But what if you find yourself going hard for weeks, months, even years on end without feeling your true purpose? How do you “crack the code” to know if all that you are doing is what God will have you do? Are you tapping into the gifts and strengths God has given you or are you leaving something on the table? What if something is pricking at you that you long to try or explore, but you just can’t figure out exactly what it is?
Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” God gives us each individual strengths, and he wants us to use them. He wants us to give our all to life each and every day. He is the source of our strength. And sometimes he brings us to our knees in moments of pure exhaustion when we are at the end of our rapidly fraying rope to show us that we need him. And sometimes he brings us to our knees in a moment of pure confusion as to whether we are walking in the right direction. Either way, we must ask, and let God’s strength flow in us and through us, and out into the world.
Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you exhausted and in need of restoration. I come to you confused and in need of direction and clarity. Fill me with Your strength and help me to uncover your purpose for me, day by day. Amen.
Submitted by Kelly Barbrey