Thursday, June 25, 2015

Even Tough Dads Need God's Strength

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.”  Ephesians 3: 14-part of 17, NIV, emphasis added.

Last year when my husband was waking up from anesthesia, he cracked me up.

The nurse? Not so much.

“Where’s my strength? I need my strength back!! Need……….out…” my hubby, Mike, mumbled, while trying to get down from the high bed when he was still half out of it.

“There will be none of that working out for you today,” the nurse quipped.

My husband is a tough guy—mentally and physically. He’s a cop in a large city, works out daily and, unlike me, can easily lift up and do what I call “the perp walk” with our son, who has autism, when he is thrashing around on the ground having a meltdown.

Most importantly, he has a close relationship with the Lord. That said, he, like the rest of us on the planet, wears down and needs the Lord to renew his strength.

The apostle Paul wrote Ephesians while imprisoned for two years in Rome. Being in a Roman prison Paul could use all the strength he could get.  But he tells us in Ephesians 3 that he kneels before our Father and prays for God to strengthen us (his readers, originally the church of Ephesus and probably the surrounding churches as well, and on down through the generations too us today).

Amazingly, verse 16 says that from God’s glorious riches God gives us the power of the Holy Spirit in our inner being.  Wow.  Just wow.  So why do I try so often to do things in my own strength when God offers me His? It’s like when Mike tried to get down from the hospital bed (on his own) when his body wasn’t ready.  It just ain’t gonna work!

 Prayer:  Lord thank you so much that your word tells us that you strengthen us in our inner being through the Holy Spirit. Forgive us for the times we try to handle everything on our own instead of coming to you for help.

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