“Such confidence we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy comes from God.”
2 Corinthians 3:4-5 NASB
I love how this reads from The Passion Translation “… our true competence flows from God’s empowering presence.” (v. 5b)
“To let God make us, instead of painfully trying to make ourselves; to follow the path that his love shows us, instead of through conceit or cowardice or mockery choosing another; to trust Him for our strength and fitness as the flowers do, simply giving ourselves back to Him in grateful service,—this is to keep the laws that give us the freedom of the city in which there is no longer any night of bewilderment or ignorance or uncertainty.” Sarah Orne Jewett, A Country Doctor
Our hearts bear the written testimony of Jesus in our lives. When we rely on God’s strength we lay down our fears of not being enough. We shake off the doubts of God being enough for everything we need. That he will fulfill our heart’s desire. Where our faith and God’s adequacy meet there is power to break through stony hearts and write love on the flesh. Whether on our own or others.
Just this morning I woke feeling heavy. I have had many mornings of not wanting to get out of bed lately. I realized it was the weightiness of me being self sufficient. Or trying to be anyway. Somewhere along the way I had picked up many of the heavy things I had laid down at God’s feet. So, I kneeled in prayer letting it go of my grip on these things once again. And then I opened today’s reading in 2 Corinthians. I just shook my head, smiled at God, and said, “thank you.” Yes, He is our sufficiency. He gives us the ability to do life well even in the struggle. Even in the not yet. Especially in the waiting for prayers that seem so long unanswered.
Lord, Forgive my self sufficient attempts to answer my own prayers. Thank You for Your reassurance that You are enough. Your love is the strong and secure foundation for my life. Let my heart reveal what I believe about You, and replace the lies with truth. It is not up to me and I can trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Shake Open Hands
by Jennifer Leigh
Let go, loosen grip, and untighten the hold
Fists clenched in clinging, turns inward, heart cold
Cinched in, and cramped reeling, aching for peace
If only, hold tighter, squeeze life, no release
Step back, breathe in, forced air into lungs
Envision your hands, letting go of the rungs
This ladder you climb, is taking you where?
Are you headed toward freedom, or hell unaware?
Heavy load burdens, drags closely behind
Collected and carried, for life hoped to find
Fall to your knees, hands and face slam in dust
Tripped by your pride, presumption you must
And yet as you finally, force in the still
Stay in place for a moment, pause quiet until
Hazy view, clearing slowly, glimpse blurry at first
Sudden eyes have new vision, cease thinking the worst
Light gleams before you, hands reach from above
A Savior reminds you, of unfailing Love
Stand and release, tight grip holding your heart
Let His grace revive you, heavy load, ripped apart.
Shake open hands, stretch fingers out wide
Walk into new freedom, where God will provide
Peace will cover, like new fallen snow
Renewing soul weary, new strength as you go.