You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.
There are two stories in the Old Testament that demonstrate Adonai as the One who gives us power to accomplish the things He calls us to do.
Joshua, after experiencing a great victory at Jericho, anticipated a victory at Ai, but God’s people were defeated due to sin in the camp. Joshua called out to his Master, Adonai, reminding Him that he needed His power to conquer the Promised Land. (Joshua 7:1-8) His prayer is based on his servant relationship with God. Another man named Gideon was fearful of the Midianites who were oppressing his people. When the angel of the Lord came to Gideon, he said, if the LORD is with us, why has all this happened to us? (Judges 6:13) Gideon recognized that his Master could give him guidance and power. The angel of the Lord promised Gideon God’s help and gave him the directions to be victorious. The Lord Adonai, our Master, wants to give us His power that is available through our relationship with Him.
Joshua and Gideon knew that only with God’s power could they defeat their enemies. What enemy do you face that requires the power of God? Remember that it is God who defeats our enemies and gives us the power to face all opposition.
Forgive me where I have said that it is my power that has protected me from my enemies.
You alone are my source of life and power. I call on You, Adonai, to help me live a victorious life. Thank you, Lord, for You alone produced power and strength for my hands.
In Jesus’ name, Amen