Each week, we present  a devotional that was written by one of our partners at One Community Church.  This week’s inspirational words were written by Kenneth Claytor.The Word:
For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me. Psalms 18:39 (NASB)

The Story:

For many years, I believed that under my own power I had the strength to be tough, self-sufficient and not depend on anyone else. This way of thinking was the very thing that almost got me killed. I thrived on protecting others and thought that I was untouchable. However, over the past two years, I’ve had multiple experiences that made me aware of my vulnerability. The challenges of family controversy, illness and other life events have brought me to a crossroad. I realize I need to trust in the Lord and that I am not equipped to overpower anything that comes up against me. It has been both painful yet refreshing to learn that I must rely on God to be my ultimate protection and strength. I no longer feel the need to be in control, realizing that God has all power.

The Reflection:
Are we seeking God first when we feel weak? Do we have a self-image of strength born out of our own gratification and erroneous sense of power rather than the glory of the Lord?

The Application:
The next time we’re feeling weak or like we’re losing control, we can gain perspective by acknowledging that God is in control and we are always granted with the strength He knows we need. We can release these fears to God and ask Him to show us how to best operate in a way that honors Him.

The Prayer:
Dear God, please help us to see that You provide all power, and are in control of all the earth and all of life’s experiences. With this knowledge, may we always place our concerns at your throne, and rest in Your strength and protection. Amen.