‘We live in a God-bathed world. There is no place where God is not, although sometimes we may be asleep in His presence’
God is all around us yet sometimes we’re oblivious to this fact.We’re asleep in God’s presence. We try to do things our way, on our own.
“Me do it myself!” she said. Not realising just how determined she was, I tried to help a little. “NO!! Me do it myself!” she shouted even louder. And I was forced just to watch while my little toddler tried and struggled and tried and squirmed to get her trousers on all by herself!
You may be smiling as you remember your own little toddler’s similar struggles. Yet, how often we have just the same toddler attitude with God. He is there wanting to help us, but we’re determined to do it all by ourselves.
And we might even throw a tantrum or two when things don’t work out as we’d anticipated. And we carry on struggling and struggling with our baggage and burdens, reluctant to hand it all over to our Father God. He stands watching in the background and waiting. Waiting for the moment when we ask Him to carry the load with us, when we hand it over and rely on Him.
With all the resources of heaven available to us, why do we keep insisting on going it alone?
And Jesus said, “Apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5- NIV)
We are nothing without Him.
We are like:
• A ship without a sail
• An eagle without wings
• A door without a key
• A letter without words
• A glove without a hand
Yet, if we’re nothing without Him, with Him we have everything.
Once upon a time, a man had a dream. St. Peter was giving him a tour of heaven. Just beyond the golden streets, there were huge barns everywhere. The man was curious and asked, “What’s inside the barns?” “They are full of boxes of blessings that God has ready for each of His children, but they’ve never asked for!” replied St. Peter.
We need to ask, for He is ready to give.
His strength is at work within us. God’s mighty power is available to us (Ephesians 1:19) His stone-moving, death-defeating, life-giving power! The Greek word for power used here literally means dynamite!
Paul wrote, ‘For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need’ (Philippians 4:13-NLT)
His power is all around-we just need to get plugged in!! But that’s the trouble- so often we’re not. We’re still trying to do it all –alone. Often it’s a simple matter-‘You do not have, because you do not ask God’
It is enough to simply ask the Father. He has all the strength that we need
‘I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me (I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency)’
(Philippians 4:13- AMP)