For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)
I sense we are in a season of exploring the emphasis that we place on the "I" in our lives. The phrase, “I’ve got this” comes to mind. How many times do we say or think that? Often, it’s to give reassurance to others that they can have confidence in us with a job or situation, or sometimes we might simply be trying to reassure ourselves.
This summer, I began to realize that situations taking place in my life and in our nation were out of control, and I really couldn’t do the “I’ve got this” pattern any more. This led me to look more deeply at who Father God — Abba/Dad — is in terms of my strength. This is a journey, and we are all in different places with our understanding and trust in Abba. Philippians 4:13 says, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
We are reminded that, in His strength, we can do all things. I’ve known this verse for years, and it is often shared to encourage one another. Yet, I realized I needed deeper revelation of what God’s strength looks like and how, as a child of God, you and I can do life in His strength. The Lord brought the following images to my mind:
The Lord loves to hold us. He desires for us to lean back and, like a child, put our head on His chest and rest. To lean back and rest is an active choice — an act of surrender. Martha struggled to rest, and she got cross with Mary for sitting and resting at the feet of Jesus. Peter was doing well at looking into the eyes of Jesus until he remembered he was walking on deep waters. Resting in Jesus and finding His strength mean choosing to actively surrender all things.
Each day, may your strength be drawn from that intimate place of leaning back and resting in Him — a place from where you draw your strength for the tasks set before you.