There was an amazing breakthrough about 10 years ago in automotive technology. Generically, it’s called traction control. A computer onboard your car measures the amount of grip or traction of each wheel over a thousand times per second. Then based on that measurement, the computer determines and applies more or less power to that particular wheel to make sure the car moves forward under control…but most importantly, in the desired direction.
Amazing! This guidance and power is automatic…it’s built into the system, so we do nothing extra to get this incredible life-saving service. With this at our fingertips, our only responsibility….steer in the correct direction.
I believe this is the same way God blesses us with His power. You see, the more challenging your day, we have trouble maintaining control, we are on a slippery slope, and at risk of taking a direction we didn’t intend and crashing, the more of His power He places at your disposal. He senses, 1000 times per second where our mind and heart are and what our slippery road is like, and He provides His power in the right places, and in the right way. We don’t even need to ask…it’s automatic. That’s the Holy Spirit in us.
So the logical question, why do I still make mistakes, sin, slide backwards, and fumble in these situations if God is providing all this traction, power, and guidance? The answer: You need to steer towards God. Just like a car, the power is wasted if you don’t steer in His direction. We can’t look in the direction of pornography, alcohol, caffeine, food, work, ESPN, power, looks, money, more gadgets or toys. That’s not where God provides the peace and comfort that surpass all understanding.
Don’t fall prey to the false roads, detours, counterfeit dead ends and destinations Satan and your old self want you to steer toward. You have free will. It is all about the decisions you make. That means it is your responsibility to control the steering wheel. God then does all the rest. As you are challenged, so shall you be strengthened. Amazing!
Today when you struggle and don’t sense His power, check your steering. The power is always there; He never sleeps, slacks off, or goes on vacation. You are probably steering in the wrong direction. Know that a simple glance and then movement, decision, in the right direction, made in faith, to follow your Lord, is enough to connect you to the ultimate source of guidance, power…and traction control. Your decision, choose well. WITHIN REACH is designed to help your decision-making so you will be steering in the right direction and can maximize His power in your life, and not squander it. Check it out.
Dear Father God, I look to You, Father, with faith and thankfulness. Today my strength seems so insufficient for the demands I am facing. I look to You, Lord, for the strength sufficient to handle the challenges of this day. Thank You for Your traction control every minute, especially when the day gets slippery or windy and I am losing control. Give me eyes that see the truth and can find Your beacon calling to me, directing me back to You. I also ask for wisdom as I steer. Give me courage and patience to see and follow Your direction and avoid the traps set before me. Thank You, Lord. All glory be to You! In the name of the one whose death gives me power over death, Christ Jesus; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be.
Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His face evermore!
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9,10