THE MIGHTY GOD

Football, Baseball, Basketball… Do you want to know what theses sports have in common?  They are competitions whose competitors have a shelf life.  The average playing career in these sports lasts between 4-6 years.  If you watch sports you see guys at the pinnacle of strength being talked about by guys whose strength has faded.

There is something about human nature that loves strength.  We love movies where the strong guy saves the day.  Stories that reveal the strength courage can wield are often best sellers or block busters.  The leaders we follow, the people we admire all possess strength in character.  Relationships we think highly of are relationship with a strong commitment.  We love strength.  But here is the thing, strength fades and has a shelf life.

Every year about this time someone has this thought.  “I hope I can make it to Christmas with all the stuff I have to get done.”  In a few days there will be someone wondering if the can make it through Christmas day.  Why?  Strength has a shelf life, it fades.  There are people for whom the strength of their finances is fading.  There are people for whom the strength of their love is fading.  There are people for whom the strength of their faith is fading.  There are people for whom the strength of their resolve is fading.  Not because they are evil or awful people, but simply because this is what strength does… it fades.

Then there is the list and oh what a list it is.  On this list is “everything” for which I lack enough strength.  Financially I have lacked strength to help people I really wanted to help.  Emotionally I have lacked strength to help people who really needed my help.  Physically I have lacked strength to accomplish some goals I have set.  Spiritually I have lacked strength to transform my own heart.  As a parent, a husband, a friend and a leader my lack of strength has left some pretty big gaps in my life.  I lack strength and the strength I do have fades.  Thank you Leonard and Merry Christmas to you too! (Jerk)

For to us a child is born… And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, MIGHTY GOD Isaiah 9

Into a world of fading strength, into a world of misused strength, into a world of not enough strength, Jesus enters. And His title?  MIGHTY GOD!   This must be more than a coincidence.

Imagine that.  God in heaven, the only one with unlimited strength entered a world whose strength had expired.  The only one who has never misused His strength exerted his strength to redeem.   MIGHTY GOD, His strength has no expiration date on it.  This is the gift of Christmas.

When I think about how powerful my God is, my courage begins to rise.  When I think about His promises I find hope because He has the power to keep these promises.  Mighty God is a title that brings comfort because I can see the mountain that is my life and the capsule that is my strength and eclipsing it all is the Mighty God.  The gift God gave us at Christmas is Himself and He is the Mighty God and HE has the power to change my heart, forgive my sin, renew my thinking, carry me when I cannot go, lift me when I fall, heal me when I hurt and use my pain to mold me into His image.

This Christmas when you celebrate the birth of Christ, remember that baby born in Bethlehem is the Mighty God and his strength has no expiration date.  Let that fact shape your worship, what you ask of him and how you trust Him.  Off… we go now.

~ by OFF we go now on December 23, 2010.

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