2 Corinthians 12:1-10
The world of technology has changed considerably in my lifetime. My high school offered a course in computer programming, which mainly taught us how to create the “punch cards” that operated the large business computers of the day. My first desktop personal computer, purchased in 1996, had far less storage capacity than today’s average USB plug-in drive, connected to a slow moving internet through a regular phone line, and had an internet modem that made a noise like a duck caught in a washing machine.
Today, my desktop PC has storage capacity measured in Gigabytes and connects swiftly to the internet through a DSL phone line, my iPad is even faster than my PC and has plentiful software applications – or “Apps” as they’re known on mobile devices – and my iPhone has more computing capacity than the Apollo space capsules that traveled to the moon in the 1970’s.
Each of those amazing technological advances was useful and made life easier, but all of them have something in common: computers – no matter how sophisticated they are – won’t work unless they’re plugged in, and tablet computers and smartphones have to be plugged in and recharged regularly or their batteries will die. All of those technological wonders need a power source to do what they’re designed to do.
All of us also need power to do what God designed us to do. Psalm 139:14 says that we are “wonderfully” made by a mighty Creator, but if we try to go through life relying on our own strength and wisdom, we’ll feel beat up, burnt out, weak and weary sooner or later. When we call on and trust in the Lord, however, we’ll find a new source of power for living – a power source that never weakens, never wears out and never lets us down.
Take the time each day – and more than once a day – to “recharge” by going to God in prayer. You’ll find new strength in your weakest times, new direction in your confused times and new assurance that the God who created us has the power to sustain us and motivate us to do wonderful things. You’ll find out first hand why those who wore the chains of American slavery found new strength when they gathered in secluded sacred places and sang, “Everything I do is by the power of God.”