Monday 10th June 2019 Have you ever leant on something that has given way?
When we first moved into our house in Brentwood, we had huge office desks that were very deep to the wall in our spare room. I was trying to get to cables that were behind the desk but instead of moving the desks I leant across them to reach the cables. My whole body was lying across the desk. As I reached across, the desk that I was resting on gave way and I ended up sliding down the back of the desk so that my head was on the floor and my legs were up in the air. I was wedged between the wall and the desk and totally unable to move – I shouted, “THERESA, HELP!” and Theresa came up and just laughed.
It can be very embarrassing when you are resting on something, and that something gives way.
The title of our devotions this week is – “Faith Resting on God’s Power”– that kind of faith will never give way.
Sometimes, in today’s society, our trust and faith is put in lots of things – education, money, health and other things – resting on God’s Power can become a last resort. It is not wrong to want the best education or to be in good health but our ultimate foundation should be Christ.
I heard recently that Yongi Cho, in Korea, who leads one of the largest churches in the world would say to people when they came to speak to him about a problem they were going through, “Have you prayed about this?” If they said no he would send them away to pray and would not see them again until they had spent some considerable time in prayer.
Prayer should be our first point call instead of our last resort. Our faith should rest on God’s Power.
My main verse this week is from 1 Corinthians 2 v 4 – 5
Here it is in several translations:
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV – 1 Corinthians 2 v 4 – 5)
And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God. (NLT – 1 Corinthians 2 v 4 – 5)
and so nothing I said could have impressed you or anyone else. But the Message came through anyway. God’s Spirit and God’s power did it, which made it clear that your life of faith is a response to God’s power, not to some fancy mental or emotional footwork by me or anyone else. (The Message – 1 Corinthians 2 v 4 – 5)
At the start of this week – is the foundation of your faith in God’s Power?
Have a great day!
Pastor Peter Jordan