"He Gives Strength And Power"
April 3, 2009
He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
Exhaustion and weakness are never desirable. When looking for someone to lead a sports team, it is always the quickest and toughest who are considered first. Nations look to ally with more powerful nations. Children look for stronger friends, while the weak and frail remain lonely. Even in churches, some pastors may align with the more prominent and wealthy members of their congregations, and the weaker ones go underserved.
However, all human signs of strength and power fade into nothingness when faced with the immeasurable power of God. In the face of His power, our human strength turns to pathetic trembling and weakness.
But with our God, the weak are made powerful; the tired and weary are made strong. Our God is good. He renews the strength of those who wait on Him. He delivers and restores His distressed people as they seek Him in prayer and obedience. We, as His people, are called to trust Him and draw strength from Him. In the power of God's might, our greatest need is as nothing to Him.
The work of our salvation required the greatest power there is. Our Redeemer, Jesus Christ, took on the weight of our sins and, by His death and resurrection, delivered us from the clutches of the enemy. The tomb of Jesus was sealed, yet on Easter morning -- because of His saving power -- that tomb burst open and was empty! Jesus rose from the dead! It had no power over Him and, through faith in Christ, it has no power over us.
Praise the Lord! His power is immeasurable, and He gives it to all who wait for Him and call on His name.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, renew our strength daily by the power of the Holy Spirit. Teach us to live each day fully by faith in Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. By Your power, may we trust in His providence each and every new day. Amen.
Biography of Author:
Pastor Charles Bameka has directed LHM-Uganda since 2002. From an office in Kampala, volunteers and staff reach help people in need through Equipping the Saints, Bible Correspondence Courses, and the This is the Life TV program. Ministering to those living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda (more than 500,000) is a critical aspect of LHM's mission there.
To learn more about our International Ministries, click here or visit www.lhmint.org.