We’ve got your daily encouragement, written by Aaron Martell.

 

Bible Reading:

“In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all.”

1 Chronicles 29:12b

Word:

I remember vaguely when I was about 5 years old, we were moving from Green Bay, WI up to a rural town just north. As all the adults were packing up boxes and filling the U-Haul. I found my Grandma Lola’s keys. I remember it was her keys, because it had a giant “L” on them. In my curious 5-yr old mind, I wanted to see what would happen if I took one of those keys, reached out, and put it in the outlet in the wall.

As you can imagine, a flash came out of the outlet, smoked part of my hand, blackened the keys, and fried the outlet. In my 5-year old mind, I had no idea there was that much power in that little outlet. 

I wonder at times how true that is for you and me in relation to God and his power? 2 Chronicles 29:12 shows us so much, yet we are so limited in our understanding. In God’s hand is power and might? Think about that, it doesn’t just say he is powerful, it says “in his hand” he holds all the power and all the might. Can you imagine plugging into that? Because the next part of the verse says, “to give strength to all.” Wwe can tap into his power and might to give us strength. 

Notice how the Message version states it. You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand to build up and strengthen all. Pause for a moment, how are you plugging into God’s power? How are you reaching out for his hand to build you up and strengthen you?

Sure, we can be quick to say prayer or reading his Word, being in community, absolutely. But what about this perspective?

Can you be honest about your weaknesses in life? I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I enjoy living in my strengths, not only as a leader, but even as an athlete. The joke at our Box is that I’m the Turkish Bear, because I rock at Turkish get-ups and the bear crawl. Strange, I know. But I’m weak at muscle-ups. How much time do I spend working on my weakness? Yet still have the expectation to get better. To get better, to grow as an athlete or a Christ follower, we have to allow God to give us power in our weakness. 


2 Corinthians 12:9- “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, the one who holds all power in the palm of his hand. May I have the courage to reach out routinely to receive the power you want to strengthen me with, the power that will build my life. Father, may you strengthen me in this weakness ____________________________. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

 

 

Skillwork:

Reflect on these questions:

  1. How do you need to routinely reach out for God’s power?
  2. What is one area of weakness you need God’s power? Who can you share that with? What resource will help you in that area of weakness?

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