I told myself I was going to start watching my carbs again. It sounded like a great plan at 8 in the morning, when I hadn’t even gotten hungry yet. But late at night I was facing a long drive home, feeling exhausted, and very hungry. Bad combination.
I’m not entirely sure how the bag of salted plantain chips (man, I love those things!) ended up in my lap – let’s just say the devil put it there. Or maybe it was me. Sometimes I get us confused. 🙂 I made a choice – I decided I wanted plantain chips on that drive home more than I wanted to watch my carbs. “Plus”, I rationalized, “I am watching them. I’m looking at each one before putting it in my mouth”. Epic fail.
Temptation strikes again. Sometimes I start things, full of energy and enthusiasm, but fizzle out before the finish line. Derailed by temptation.
Over the sounds of crunching I recalled a saying of King Solomon:
“If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!” (Pr. 24:10).
How strong, then, must I be to make it to the finish line in time of trouble? Is my strength even enough, when real trouble and temptation arise and whip life into a shambles with hurricane force?
Paul said he rejoiced in his weakness – not his own strength. Why? Because in Paul’s weakness, Christ’s strength could take over.
“…for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Cor. 12:9, NIV
The end result of being weak and allowing Christ to live through him was far greater than the end result of being strong in himself.
The same is true for you and me.
So then, how strong do we need to be to not falter in time of trouble and temptation?
Just strong enough to open our mouths. Not to fill them with plantain chips, but to say the one word that will initiate the transition from human stumbling effort, to supernatural intervention.Jesus. He's as close as the mention of His name. His beautiful, matchless name. Click To Tweet
Do you need strength and help today that is completely beyond what you can muster? You are only one word away.
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