My though are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
The brawn needed to loosen a tight lug nut won’t help in overhauling a carburetor. The muscle needed for countless piggyback rides must be set aside as we tenderly tread a toddler’s scraped knee. Even superman conceals his powers when he becomes Clark Kent, right? At times, we must set aside one of strength to allow another kind of strength to take over.
As Joshua and his army attacked Jericho, the Lord told them to set aside their battlefield skills. Instead of using their strength, they were simply to walk around the city. A holy parade!
The Lord said to Joshua,”See I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor. You shall march around the city, ,all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.” — Joshua 6:2-3.
In the end, there was not confusing among the people; God, not man, was responsible for the victory.
Just as he had asked Joshua to do at Jericho, the Lord set aside his own strength at Calvary. In Christ, God showed a different kind of strength altogether– the strength of justice and diving mercy.
Jesus’ death did not indicate God’s weakness. It demonstrated a different kind of strength. Christ died for our sins and was raised again for our justification. Now there can no confusion as to how is responsible for the new lives we get to love. God raised Jesus from death, and in Jesus, our Lord gives us new life!
Man of God, you , too, will be called upon to set aside your physical strength on occasion. To comfort an anxious wife, you don’t always need to try to fix the problem; instead, you can take her to the foot of the cross, where, together, you give problem to Jesus. As your children’s spiritual leader, you don’t always need to act with a heavy hand; instead, you can tenderly take little hands in your own and pray with your son or daughter.
As you set aside your own strength and rely on God’s strength, the truth will be clear to you and everyone around you: the Lord has won the victory.
From the book “Man of God walking by faith”.