Reading: “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, … that ye might be … strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power.”—Colossians 1:9–11

Yesterday we learned that where there is spiritual life there is still need of spiritual strength. Today we learn where there are great tasks to be accomplished there is a great source of strength—“his glorious power.”

All power belongs to God. It is a perfection of His nature. It always has been, and it is displayed in many things: in the creation, in the upholding of all things in their being, in the redemption and salvation of sinners, in supporting the saints under various trials and exercises, and in keeping them safe through faith unto salvation.

From this glorious power of God saints may hope to be supplied with all might, with a sufficient supply of strength for every service and for every difficulty.

How often do you fret because of how weak you feel? You need never bemoan the fact of weakness or inability if this text is true. Imagine the folly of being discouraged by what must be accomplished when such a resource is made available to us.

When you get to the point where you feel absolutely powerless, then you are in a position to seek the help and strength of God. Oftentimes the Lord brings His children low so that they may recognize just how weak they are. It is so that the Lord may draw them onto Himself with the great purpose of strengthening them according to His might when before they were content with their own might.

“For men have no taste for [God’s power] till they are convinced of their need of it and they immediately forget its value unless they are conditionally reminded by awareness of their own weakness.”—John Calvin