The book of Daniel gives us a, frankly, absurd illustration of God’s power at work in a fairly normal believer who simply refuses to sacrifice his faith for what is popular. Daniel submits to the power and strength that lie in God’s name, and he faces every new trial and season with this position of confidence.
Do you know anyone who is oddly strong despite having obvious weaknesses from the world’s perspective? I have met several people who broke the mold of the idea of power and strength. People that lack wealth who have an intense, healthy, and appropriate view of money that has kept that idol at bay. People who don’t have strength, due to an underlying illness, who could bring a person to their knees in humility with their wisdom, advice, or sympathy. How is that possible?
The main channel that strength and power travels through in the Bible is captured perfectly in 2 Corinthians 12:9. The power that the Lord provides is not because of who we are or what we have accomplished, it’s because of Whose we are, and, when we belong to Jesus, we become stronger than we could have ever hoped to on our own.
When we think of who God is, His proclaimed and most-used titles aren’t typically fear-instilling. If history tells us anything about the people who outwardly claim strength or try to instill fear through the way they exercise their strength, it usually comes from a place of hidden weakness. God on the other hand reveals His strength through avenues and titles involving things like Peace, Provision, Creation, and Fatherhood. His power is understood, and doesn’t require belaboring, because His actions suffice.
What would your day look like if you relied on God as your source of strength exclusively? Challenge your desire to be the strength in your life, and listen to At Your Name by Phil Wickam.