“When we are powerless to do a thing, it is a great joy that we can come and step inside the ability of Jesus.”
-Corrie Ten Boom
The word, “Powerless,” usually brings out negative reaction or emotion. It’s been given a bad reputation and connotation. In our day and age we are told we have the power to change anything, obtain all and those who consider themselves powerless are weak and lazy. Everything in our society tells us to take charge and be empowered. Key phrases such as “do it yourself” lead us to believe that we must do more; achieve more in order to obtain power. Throughout history we have seen that people will do just about anything to secure power. Strange thing is most people will tell you that after they achieve a high level of power they have to work at an extremely high level to keep and guard that power. There is always someone coming up right behind them in hopes of taking their power. It then spins you in a constant chaos with no sense of peace. You are constantly trying to outdo the next guy. However, God’s word tells us differently.
The World Says:
*You should be able to handle and figure this out.
*I’m not addicted; I can stop if and when I want to.
*You are powerless that’s why you needed a savior.
“For were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” -Romans 5:6
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Romans 7:18
You could have all the tools in the world and still be powerless because our power is nothing compared to the one who created us.
The beauty of powerlessness:
*It leaves you in peace because you don’t have to scramble or overwhelm yourself with trying to fix everything. You are trusting God to take care of it and turn it around and He is perfect and able. You are powerless because He is powerful. You are empowered not through yourself, but of who is in you. “So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.” -Zechariah 4:6
*The only way to fulfill your calling is by being filled by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit (quote from my pastor Jon Burgess)
*It humbles you. There is nothing like acknowledging that you are unable to change, control or fix something to humble you. It pushes pride aside.
*It glorifies God. It magnifies His works. It allows you to have a testimony to help others.
*It shows where we put our trust. You will know where you put your trust when you begin to examine how you are feeling through the day. Are you tired, frustrated and/or constantly overwhelmed? If so, that usually is a big clue that you are trying to control and fix a situation or person.
*It allows God to work. It gets us out of His way. It is an act of faith.
I pray that God shows each of you all the places you are powerless in your lives in order to free you from the anguish that comes with trying to control everything. I pray that He shows up in great measure with His power and that His power is undeniable in your life. We must remember that by giving up our power, we give the power to Jesus and there is no safer place to be.