God’s means of delivering us from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker. That is surely rather a peculiar way of victory, you say; but it is the divine way. God sets us free from the dominion of sin, not by strengthening our old man but by crucifying him; not by helping him to do anything, but by removing him from the scene of action.
(tiny baby wrens / Julie Cook / 2016)
The age old conflict…
The internal struggle which has dogged man, constantly nipping at his heels,
is found in his angst filled struggle with dependence.
On the one hand, God, the Creator of all that ever was or will be,
asks of man but one thing…
Enter the conundrum.
Ever since that forever altering moment in the garden,
when man and woman decided they knew more,
knew better than of their Omnipotent Creator,
the battle between independence and dependence ensued.
Now man is caught in a never ending cycle…
Striving for his independence and his freedom,
proudly asserting his authority…
while boastfully, and even arrogantly, leaving his mark…
That is until his fragile world falls apart…
then he returns to that place where he was first asked to trust….
As the vicious cycle between dependence and independence continues….
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart
and my portion forever.