Not by Might nor by Power

hebrews1212Last Sunday I spent some time in prayer while the boys were with their father. It was a difficult hour. I prayed something I didn’t want, not because it was a bad thing, but because I had never wanted this responsibility. And, according to Scripture, it was supposed to be my husband’s responsibility, but he could never manage it because he loves his addictions and himself more than God and his family.

I submitted my family to God. I vowed to lead them to Him. It’s still difficult to think about. This is a heady responsibility. I can see why so many refuse it. To be burdened with the faithful training of the children God has blessed you with can be overwhelming.

But God never told us we’d do it on our own. Those who run because they can’t deal with the responsibility have misunderstood who God is. Those who refuse because they don’t think it’s important and can’t be bothered understand God even less.

No matter my ex’s issues or his reasoning for what he’s done, God gave these children to me. And God has promised He will be with me.

Jeremy Camp has a new song entitled Same Power. The second line reminds me of Hebrews 12. The first words of that chapter hearken back to the previous, which is a recounting of the faith of those who never lived to see the promised Messiah. Yet, they believed, based on God’s Word alone, that the Savior would come, that God would fulfill all His Promises.

We live with the knowledge that all those Promises have been fulfilled, that Christ has come, that He has conquered death and hell, that we have nothing to fear from man or Satan. Christ overcame all. And the Power in which He did, lives in us.

The same power that rose Jesus from the grave
The same power that commands the dead to wake
Lives in us, lives in us
The same power that moves mountains when He speaks
The same power that can calm a raging sea
Lives in us, lives in us
He lives in us, lives in us

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