A big part of a pastor’s job involves sitting at a table, coaching and counseling others. I am continually confronted by situations where it becomes painfully clear that the root cause of a person’s distress is what he or she is trusting in—and I’ve found that far too many people are trusting in their own personal might. The result is less than what we’d hoped for at best . . . and a train wreck at worst.
You see, we always have two choices in life: we can trust in our own might . . . or we can trust in the Mighty One!
The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages. He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that he may judge his people: “Gather to me my consecrated ones, who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.” And the heavens proclaim his righteousness, for God himself is judge. (Psalm 50:1-6)
After reading a passage like that, it seems kind of silly to trust in our own might, doesn’t it? The psalmist began his exaltation with three splendid divine names: Mighty One, God, and Lord. How mighty is this Mighty One? First, we see that from east to west, God rules over the whole earth. Next we see that our Mighty One has fire at His disposal, a fire of righteous judgment that devours before Him, while a tempest rages around Him.
We know from the Book of Psalms that none of these things are random or beyond God’s sovereign hand; lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds, all these do his bidding (Psalm 148:8). He makes flames of fire His servants and rides on the wings of the wind (Psalm 104:3-4). He, and He alone, can command the lightning bolt precisely where it should strike (Job 36:32). Indeed, He is a Mighty One!
God is in control of all things, and uses all things for His glory and to accomplish His purposes. But there is more! We see that this Mighty One has made a covenant with His people. A covenant is a solemn agreement between persons; when one of those persons is the Mighty One, you can take that agreement to the bank. And so we should never trust in our own might but always trust in our Mighty One!
- In your weakness He is your strength.
- In your brokenness He is your healing.
- In your restlessness He is your peace.
- In your pain He is your comfort.
- In your doubt He is your truth.
- In your fear He is your faith.
- In your darkness He is your light.
- And in your death He is your life.
Your Mighty One is your everything; He is the answer to every question . . . the solution to every problem. As a father of four children, I can tell you that there is nothing that blesses me more than when they come to me for advice, help, or simply just to talk. It blesses me, and I hope I am able to provide a blessing for them. But how much MORE is our mighty, heavenly Father able to bless us when we come to Him! And yet . . . all too often we trust in our own might and neglect coming to our Mighty One. Or we think of coming to Him as the last resort, when all else has failed, rather than coming to Him right at the outset and then waiting confidently for His promised deliverance.
I pray that today’s message will remind you—and me!—to reach out to the only true Source of might: our Mighty One. Because God is a covenant-keeping God, you can trust in every promise He has made, including the one to never leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).
Now, that is a “might” worth trusting in!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!