The great issue of the day

God calls the weak in order to demonstrate his power. He does not, yea, cannot, use those who believe all is done with their own resources and efforts. Like Joshua at Ai, he will work so that the victory is obviously his. His is the glory.

God creates situations and uses those chance moments that appear when man’s powers are insufficient, so that observers must confess that it was he who acted. He looks for men and women who will allow him this freedom.

The great issue of the day is, will I allow him such freedom to act in my life — will I make myself weak, thereby creating space for his power to operate?

Powerful in the will of God

The humble man and woman who act by faith, who walk in the light, who make the Lord Jesus Christ their strength, are mighty and powerful in the will of God. The family of faith appears weak, people whose only link to each other is their commitment to love God with all their heart, soul, and mind. Their number is often small. Struggles among them abound. Differences surface. Sin sometimes leaves its mark. But the persevering church is “powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds” 2 Cor 10.4 CSB. Convinced of this truth, God’s spiritual army marches to certain victory. If they lose sight of it, however, they will fall before the forces of evil.

Create a new history for yourself

Cherish the good memories of your past and relish the positive moments you were provided along your pathway. Life is full of pain. Suffering, shame, and sadness punctuate the past of everyone. But let the love and laughter you have known dominate your thoughts. More than that, create such moments today. Transform whatever sore or shocking history that was yours into a new story of affection, blessing, and delight. The power to do this is in you, O Soul. God has given you his Holy Spirit. He is the Spirit of truth and joy and peace. You can do this by turning your focus away from self toward God and those around you. There’s time enough to create a new narrative for yourself, in the path of Jesus Christ.