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On What Are You Basing Your Confidence?
The power game is alive but it has never been well. It has the appearance of strength but ultimately is exposed for it’s inherent weakness. We keep getting sucked into the game because as soon as one power falls another immediately takes it’s place. It appears that the world belongs to the powerful and mighty who can impose their will on others.
God has deflated the power structure by allowing it to have it’s way with “weak” Jesus. Jesus went to the cross in weakness but was raised in power. When we put our confidence in the cross of Christ we die to ourselves. We give up dominating and conquering. We surrender ourselves so that the resurrected Christ may live in us. We endure insult and injury. We return blessings for curses. We are meek and we will indeed inherit the earth as Jesus promised.
When we catch sight of God’s upper story plan and willingly join God in his work; when our prayers are prayed and our lives lived so that God’s “will is done on earth as it is in heaven;” we too will know the power of the cross. We will be able to resist the impulse to strike back and retaliate for wrongs committed. Instead we will entrust ourselves to the God of vengeance and mercy. We will trust that God will make all things right in the end and that there is nothing left for us to do but to love in whatever expression is needed.
Hezekiah defeated Sennacherib, not by might, but by his humility. When we humble ourselves we invite God to accomplish his will in this world. The power structures of the world have been defeated, not by the strength of an army, but by the lamb of God.