1 Chronicles 11: God Is Our Power Source
I know that there are certainly times when the Bible might seem like a complicated book. After all, if you are reading the King James Version along with me, it can occasionally sound like a foreign language. However, every now and then you come across something that is so straightforward like I did in 1 Chronicles 11 today.
Often times, these passages are the most significant.
1Ch 11:9 So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him.
This came right after David and his armies conquered the city of Jerusalem. That was the city they were not supposed to be able to capture, but God was with them, and as this verse so clearly illustrates, David became more and more powerful as a direct result of God being with him.
There is no other explanation provided in this passage. David became greater because God was with him.
This verse goes very nicely with one that has always been one of my favorites.
Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
We learn from 1 Chronicles that God provides us with the strength, and in Philippians we find out that because of God, we can do anything.
Our own strength doesn’t matter in the least. Putting these two passages together makes it quite clear; God is the only thing that matters when it comes to power.
How would this realization change our everyday lives?
For one thing, we would stop trying to force our own agendas. I definitely like to have some type of plan as to what I am going to do today, tomorrow and I even like to think five years down the road. I think about what steps I am going to take to figure this out.
I think I need to try to alter that perspective a little bit.
God certainly wants us to use what He gave us. If God gave you the ability to play the piano, by all means do your best to play the piano. However, remember that God is behind all of it. Even things that feel like they are intrinsically our own like our talents and abilities are a direct result of the blessings of God, and we need to make sure that we keep it in perspective. We need to use what God gave us for His agenda rather than our own.