For though we live in the world we are not carrying on a worldly war, for the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. (II Corinthians 10:3,4 RSV)
Bridges are designed to bear, not only their own weight, but the traffic they are intended to carry. Engineers are especially concerned about the tensile strength of the material in their construction. Tensile strength is the maximum amount of stretching a material can withstand before tearing. If miscalculated, the structure can collapse under pressure.
Our brilliant engineers are doing an excellent job as we look at the magnificent bridges spanning over large valleys and rivers. But what happens if an earthquake, tornado, or a hurricane occurs? The bridge will tumble down.
When depression overshadowed me, a loved one betrayed me, or finances overburdened me , I surrendered them to Him. He designed me to withstand pressure by relying on His strength. Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” So, like Paul “I will boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”(II Cor. 12:9 RSV). I not only survived, I experienced the blessed power of the Lord, and I’m here to say Jesus saved me and He will save you.
When my tensile strength is stretched beyond breaking point, I don’t fall. I have a “Bridge over troubled waters.” When I come to the end of my rope, I cling to His hem.
Thank You, Lord, you are my Living Hope, and nothing is impossible for you. Forgive me for ever doubting Your saving power. Amen© 2014 Lois Gosley