Power of the Weak

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

–Isaiah 40:29

 

 

It is God who gives us strength and power.

Without Him, we could do nothing.

Like electricity powering a city, most things would stop without it.

Without God, we have no strength or power.

 

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Fear, But Of Power

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Walking through the park with a friend, we came upon a squirrel.

When I see these creatures in my own yard, they are quite shy and usually run away if I come close.

This was not the case with our little park friend.

Instead, he was very comfortable approaching us, hoping to be fed, no doubt.

He had come to trust other visitors and he felt safe with us.

Fear is a very strong emotion.

As Christians, we are not to live fearful lives.

2 Timothy 1:7 reads,

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

We are to experience life with power.

Life with love.

Life with a sound mind.

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It is God’s Power

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It had been rainy and overcast for several hours.

As night was approaching, I remembered that I needed to run a quick errand to the store just down the road.

On my way back home, I passed a familiar sight.

A church that sits quietly on several acres of land by the highway has a very tall cross erected on the property.

Towering above the treeline, it can be seen from miles away.

Looking at the cross as I drove by, I noticed that the white sunset glow was the background behind it.

I decided to turn my car around and go back to photograph it.

The white cross is a reminder of Jesus to those who see it.

For some, it may not have any special meaning.

To others, it is a representation of all that life is, now and for eternity.

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For the message about Christ’s death on the cross is nonsense to those who are being lost; but for us who are being saved it is God’s power.

—1 Corinthians 1:18

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Greatness, Power, Splendor

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The sunset was blazing with brilliant light that shot through the sky above the clouds on the western horizon.

Driving along the highway, I was captivated by the splendor of such a scene.

At some point, I looked the other direction, toward the east.

I was almost startled by what I saw.

Subtle pink sunbeams had traveled through the atmosphere and formed a dynamic display of dazzling light on the opposite horizon.

How glorious the sky looked!

The same God who holds the universe together and paints the heavens with color and light is the God who loves us with an everlasting love.

Do you know Him today?

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Not of Fear

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It was mid-morning when I was about to begin photographing an event.

As I waited for it to begin, I was noticing the surroundings, as I often do.

A bright blue bird caught my eye as he came to rest on a fence in the distance.

He would stay there only a moment or so, then fly down to the ground and back up again onto the fence.

Not recognizing what type of bird I was seeing, I asked someone about it.

It was an Eastern Bluebird.

I certainly don’t know the habits of such a bird, but I was able to observe one for just a little while.

When he flew to the fence, he would come to rest near twisted wires poking out to the top.

With great accuracy, he didn’t allow his little feet or his delicate body to be hurt by the sharp metal points.

He was close to them, but he avoided true contact, seemingly with confidence.

Am I like that bird?

I don’t know.

If I know I should be on the fence, do I worry and focus on the spiky wires, wasting time just gazing at them?

Or do I just go right up to the safe place on the fence and commit to avoid the wires?

2 Timothy 1:7 reads,

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”

What fences might God be asking me to stand on today?

Which ones might He be asking you to stand on?

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