There is No Greater Strength than this . . . .

Where is your heart today? Are you consumed with the activity around you and missing the Savior above you? Have you forgotten His Spirit has taken residence within you? Is the busyness of life trumping the truth that God has secured your life for eternity? Has the weight of the world become greater than the God who formed it? Are you feeling defeated by the magnitude of everything around you?

The apostle Paul not only knows how you feel, but offers advice amidst the chaos of frustrations and anxiety. The Bible says, … “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6,7)

Paul is not coaching you to “suck it up”. He’s not yelling at you to “get with the program”. No where does he ever suggest that handling the challenges of life are about your ability to find strength within yourself. In fact, he is saying the exact opposite. When the things of this world are holding you down and applying unbearable pressure, your strength will not be found in rising up, but in kneeling down.

The scene is the Garden of Gethsemane. The main character, Jesus Christ. The supporting cast of Peter, James, and John are of little help. Sleep has overtaken their bodies as Jesus falls to His knees in anguish. “My soul is sorrowful” (Matthew 26:38), he utters. A third character perhaps, Satan, stalks the surroundings tempting Jesus to quit. Luring him to give in. Playing upon the notion that Jesus isn’t strong enough to handle what’s about to happen. (Sound familiar?) As the sweat of Jesus turns to blood, He whispers to heaven, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39) Engulfed in despair, Jesus goes to the only source that can truly help, His Father.

Is there is an area of your life where victory seems improbable? Are you drowning in despair? If so, it may be time to go to your Gethsemane and take the greatest posture of strength that exists. Kneeling at the foot your Father.