In the past couple of years, I have been paying attention to whenever God brings up the topic of strength, strong or mighty. It seems like God is hitting me from all sides on this topic. (The “hitting” pun is intended here!)
My youngest granddaughter has a name that means, “mighty in battle.” Recently we were at the park enjoying the swings and climbing apparatus. Since she is just two, when she courageously announced that she wanted to climb the ladder, I was right under her, spotting her in case of a fall. While she started out brave, soon she became anxious and wanted to back down or bail off. Instead I reminded her of her name.
“Callan, your name means mighty in battle. God is mighty; He can help you be mighty! Then I began to sing a favorite children’s Sunday School song about God being mighty. Callan began to chant, “Mighty-mighty! Mighty– mighty! “ And with each “mighty” she took one step higher until she squealed, “I did it!” Yes, with God’s help, she became “mighty.” My newest book for women is Becoming a Brave New Woman and as I smiled at the victory of my tiny mighty granddaughter, I thought, Lord, there are plenty of grown up women who need to see you as mighty and themselves as mighty-mighty through Your power! We all need to learn how to be brave!
God’s hand is called mighty numerous times. Mighty in the Old Testament is often linked to meaning firm, strong, or showing power or force. It is the kind of power that many would perceive as miraculous. When used of God, one could say HE MAKES courage; when used of us, we could say we TAKE courage. God can be the source or provider of the might, strength, or power we need.
Moses talks of God’s mighty hand frequently, for example:
Exodus 13:14 (NIV): “In days to come, when your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ say to him, ‘With a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
There is a sense we are to stand in awe of God’s mighty power because it is overwhelmingly better, far superior to even the mightiest, fiercest, toughest warrior.
Sovereign Lord, you have begun to show to your servant your greatness and your strong hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do the deeds and mighty works you do? (Deutoronomy 3:24 NIV)
The answer to this question is NO ONE can compare with God’s mighty power. Sometimes I think we do not see this mighty hand of God because we live too safe, too reliant on our own abilities. To really see God’s power, we need to get out on the edge, out on the limb, out of our comfort zone. We need to truly TRUST God.
There have been times in my life when I would have utterly failed had God and His mighty power had not shown up. I want to live dependant each day on His mighty power, but some vivid examples of times I knew only God’s power could pull us through include:
- Marrying at 20 and seeing God provide “our daily bread”.
- Finishing Bible college and seminary without debt!
- Living off Bill’s salary of a youth pastor while I was a fulltime at home mom.
- Moving to San Diego for Bill to take a senior Pastor position at age 28.
- Building a home there while I pregnant with our third child (We actually hammered it up!)
- Raising three sons in a metro beach city — and they still walk with Jesus today.
- Both of us stepping out to launch Love-Wise as a full time ministry.
What are you believing God for? Where do you need His mighty power to show up?
Place this verse on your bathroom mirror — it has helped empower my belief in God’s power to provide all things as I ponder the truth putting on my make up or brushing my teeth:
The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, (Eph 1:17 – 20 NKJV emphasis added)