Better than Vigorous Minds and Resolute Effort

Isaiah 43:16

The Lord makes a way in the sea, a path in the mighty waters.

Mark 5:36

Jesus said, “Do not fear, only believe.”

Remnant of St. John

When you’re faced with a challenge you find a way around it, tunnel through it, climb over it, or make it go away. So says the motivational speaker. Abigail Adams* put it this way: “It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties.”

Those statements of strength provide encouragement for the strong. But sometimes we don’t feel so strong. Sometimes the waves are tsunamis. Sometimes the waters rise fast and sweep us away. We cry, “Lead me to a rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2).

Then there are those times when God shows up in power. What must it have been like to see Jesus walking on the water (Mark 6:45-56)! How great a comfort it is when an ally shows up. What relief we experience when God opens a path for us to follow!

We may find a way around a difficulty. We may discover a means to get through the challenge. Sometimes we figure out how to climb over or even tunnel under the obstacles in our lives. But there is one problem we cannot overcome by ourselves. No amount of effort of vigor of mind can outwit sinful brokenness and mortality. Only God makes the way for us through Jesus who has shown up with a message of hope and courage in the face of our gravest problem. For although we cannot get around the reality of our mortality, and the implications of our sin without Jesus, he has come with a message of hope and the gift of life and salvation. Therefore we do not fear. We believe in Jesus.

* Abigail Adams was the wife of John Adams (second president of the United States) and the mother of John Quincy Adams. She has been called the second First Lady and the first Second Lady although those terms were not in use at that time.

1 comment
  1. Julia Johnson said:

    Great timing. God bless!

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