There is a lot of construction taking place near my home. When I leave our subdivision, whether I go right or left, there are great machines digging, drilling and moving materials around. One day as I was driving into town, I saw a large contraption drilling holes into a massive, misshapen block of cement. The cement slab was part of the old road, and the machine was breaking it down for removal. I found it interesting that the machine drilled holes into the cement first before applying pressure. Once there were several holes about one foot apart from each other, the machine’s clamps bore down on the cement, crumbling it into chunks.
Both the holes and the pressure were necessary to tear down the strong block of cement.”
Satan knows this is true for God’s children too. The Bible guarantees that we will have great pressures and troubles in this life (John 16.33). The holidays are definitely proof of this truth. Christmas can bring amazing joy, but it also may add great amounts of financial, emotional, relational and mental pressures that are intensified with the busyness of the season. This is the time that we need to make sure that we are filling our weak areas with God’s grace. Are we staying in God’s Word? Are we communicating with our Heavenly Father? Are we renewing our minds in Christ daily? Are we finding rest in the Holy Spirit’s strength?
Satan wants nothing more than to crumble us to bits, stealing our joy and robbing us of special moments. He wants to watch us fall and make the lives of those around us miserable. But no matter the pressure Satan places on our lives, if we are fortified in Christ, no amount of force can break us. Our relationship with God not only offers us limitless peace, joy and love, but it also protects us from breaking when we are weak. When our lives are completely surrendered to God, we can trust that His strength is made perfect in us, especially in our “pressures holes” (2 Corinthians 12.9). No matter the circumstance and the pressures surrounding it, we can trust that God will give us strength to continue each day with joy and peace.
I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace]” (Philippians 4.13 AMP).
~ This devotional was first published for the Internet Cafe.