Work is hard!
In my last post, I wrote about the process of installing concrete curbs. After measuring and deciding on the placement, the trench needs to be dug. You could do it the old fashioned way, with a shovel and elbow grease, or you could get some help from this fella!
Once the trench is dug, it’s time to install the curb pieces. I’m not sure how you might try to lift these solid pieces of concrete by yourself, but you’d be a fool to try!
Enter another helper…
These machines aren’t huge by any stretch of the imagination, but they’ve got the strength to make the task immeasurably easier.
Where do you go for strength to fight the good fight of faith? There are many scriptures that instruct us to work towards living a godly life. That’s not an easy task, and I daresay that on our own, it’s an impossible one.
But we are not without hope! God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us in our weakness, and to give us strength and power for the task at hand.
Paul wrote about pleading with God to remove his weakness: “Each time [God] said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NLT) Paul had weaknesses and needed help. We shouldn’t think we are stronger than he, and expect to travel this faith journey in our own strength! We can’t be too proud to ask God to empower us for the good works he has planned for us each day.
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (Ephesians 3:20) Not only should we ask for help, we can celebrate when God’s strength comes through beyond what we were expecting, in a way we are certain we could never do on our own!
“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 1:19-20) Do you want to personally know the power of God? Pray for Him to help you understand it anew.
“Timothy, my dear son, be strong through the grace that God gives you in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1 NLT) God is on your side! He sent his Son to die in your place, and wants you to live a life abundantly full of love, joy, and peace. He gives you his grace–accept the gift and put it to use!
I would love to hear about how God has strengthened you beyond your own abilities for a task He has given you, or how He has helped you to understand his power for your life. Please share your comments below so that we can celebrate with you!