In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
Saturday November 19, 2005
Strength for Weakness
Hiking many years ago in the Grand Canyon with my son Andy, I experienced an example of "mind over matter." We had walked seven miles to the bottom of the canyon only to discover that we could not camp without signing up in advance. So we headed for a lodge several miles away. The canyon was 115 degrees, and our energy was sapped. Towels dipped in a stream were our only relief. Night fell before we reached the lodge, so we slept on the hard ground and rose the next day barely rested. At ten-thirty that morning, weary to our bones, we rounded a bend and caught sight of the lodge. Both Andy and I broke into a run as if we'd had a wonderful night's sleep and plenty of food and water!
When we are walking in step with the heavenly Father, our spiritual life can sometimes seem like that Grand Canyon experience. Daily life or unusual difficulties can sap our strength, but the Spirit of God supplies supernatural energy — we might say it's a case of Spirit over matter. He infuses us with authority and strength when our heart is right and our spirit pure.
The Holy Spirit is charged with many tasks, which include illuminating the Word of God, helping believers in prayer, and pointing out sin. One of His primary responsibilities is enabling us to become the people God wants us to be. Imagine trying wearily to complete divine tasks through our own limited strength. God knew the futility of such a plan. Therefore, He placed within each of us the Source of spiritual power and strength.