Having God’s Strength

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Ephesians 6:10 (King James Version)

When I read about the heroes of the Bible, I am amazed by the great deeds that they did.  From taking down giants with stones to closing the mouths of hungry lions, these feats defy all human logic; it is impossible for man to do such things.  How was it possible that these saints of God were able to do these wonders?

There are two theories that the world offers to explain how these miracles in the Bible happened.  One theory suggests that these people in the Bible had the ability to do these things naturally and all it took was the right moment for the ability to make itself known.  The second theory says that the characters in God’s word were just plain lucky.  They would say it was luck that made the stone that David threw hit the right spot to kill Goliath, and it was only by luck that Gideon was victorious against an army of thousands with a band of 300.

What these two ideas fail to consider was the fact that these people who did these things were just ordinary people like you and me.  They did not have any kind of special strength; in fact, if you were to look deeply into these heroes’ background, it is hard to imagine them even doing these miracles.  For example, David who killed Goliath was not a soldier, but a lowly shepherd boy.  Also Gideon was no leader of men, when we first meet him the Scriptures, he is actually kind of cowardly.

As for those people claim that these wonders were the result of luck, let us consider the following stories from the Bible.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were condemned to die in a furnace that was heated seven times; what are the chances that these men would come of that furnace not only alive, but also without a scratch.  What is the probability of one man Samson, killing hundreds of Philistines with just a donkey’s jawbone?  When one considers the odds, the chances for survival for these four men is astronomically against them.  Yet despite this, that is exactly what they did.  Luck had nothing to do with these miracles.

So if it is not inner strength or luck, how do these Biblical heroes achieve success?  We find the answer in Ephesians 6:10.  The Apostle Paul informs us that if a believer has a strong connection with the Lord, they become blessed with His awesome power.  It was with this power that David was able to kill Goliath with a stone.  It was because of his trusting dependence on the Almighty that Gideon was able to defeat a vast army.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, because of their faith in God, were able to survive in the fiery furnace.

The wonders we read about in the Bible are truly amazing, but don’t you know that you can do the same things that these saints did?  If your reliance and strength rests in the Lord’s power alone, then you too have the power in you to do miracles in God’s name.  Let us therefore move forward in our work in the Lord’s power.  Let us not fear what men can do to us for our Savior is greater and who can dare to stand against Him.



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