Welcome to this guest post from my husband Philip Schroeder.
One of the transformers serving the office building where I worked blew. There was no power in most of the building, including the servers and phones. The place was quiet, dark, unresponsive and the air stale. No work could be done. Phones were not answered. Email died unread and unsent. There was no light to study. The AC lay silent unable to cool the lingering summer air. We were powerless. It was hopeless to do any work. All power was gone. It had left us and we were helpless. When you are powerless, how should you respond?
When you are powerless, what then?
How often have disciples of Christ tried to do ministry when the power was gone? There are times when spiritually my own soul is quiet, dark, unresponsive and the air stale. Do I try to “push forward” to get things done anyway on my own power or do I take a step back to “close things down” and give the appropriate time to restore the power from the source.When you are powerless, what then? Click To Tweet
Israel found themselves in a similar situation, described in Isaiah 30:15,16 (ESV). “…In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength…”Through His prophet, God admonished them that only through repentance and resting in Him would they find solution to their situation.
Their response was, “NO, we will flee… No we will ride… ” (Is 30:16 ESV) Can you hear their echo in today’s words? “We’ve got this!”, “We can do it, we just need to try a little harder.” When you are powerless how should you respond?
Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might… Ephesians 6:10 (ESV)
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