Have you ever heard that conundrum question, “Is it possible for God to create a rock so heavy that he can’t lift it?” What’s the answer?
A simple yes or no won’t do. God is more complex than that. So complex that he’s bigger than our brains.
If we think our brains will ever totally understand God, we don’t understand him at all.
But our brains aren’t the only problem. There’s also our brawn. We think we’re so strong that we don’t need God’s help.
The Bible says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up” (1 Peter 5:6).
If God’s hand is so mighty, why does he need me to humble myself? Can’t he lift me up without needing me to get lower?
That’s another conundrum question. A simple yes or no won’t do.
If we think our strength is what we need, however, we’re not that strong at all. Being too strong for God actually removes us from the strength of God. He won’t (can’t?) lift us up.
It’s when we are weak, emptied and not able to handle everything on our own that God’s mighty hand can lift us up. God does his best work when he’s starting with little or nothing.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).
PRAYER: God, you are almighty. I am not. God, you know all things. I do not. God, your patience and mercy for me are perfect, loving and forgiving. I am amazed at that! I want to appreciate you more by humbling myself, trusting you, following your ways, and leading others to you. Amen.
FURTHER MEDITATION: Spend time over the weekend meditating on your strength/weakness by using the PRAY acronym. It will help if you can do some journaling, too.
- Praise (tell God what you appreciate about him)
- Repent (tell God about your sins, trust in his promises of forgiveness)
- Ask (go ahead, think big, or focus on a small detail, God wants to hear it all)
- Yield (talk to God about the next step after you say “Amen,” how you want faith to lead the way, how you are willing to be part of his answer and see it develop for your good)