by Tom Gray
So you feel powerless. Lots of us do. Financial problems, medical problems, relational problems rob us of confidence. Truth is, the power you have is the same as always. Only the circumstances are different. What we focus on can determine our sense of well-being.
Most of us look to money, health, strength or power for our security. But those things are the most likely to change and become the root of our weakness. How one thinks will lead to power or rob us of it. How we think is largely determined by our focus. What we need is the calming power of spiritual stability.
The Apostle Paul wrote,
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12, 13
You’ve seen athletes undertake great feats of strength. A major aspect of their sport is focus. The best athletes ignore temporary pain, fatigue, and weakness. They focus on the race.
For the issues of daily life, a strong focus is spiritual and focuses away from self.
Spiritual stability is a function of our focus. Believers in Christ have a wholly new focus on power, its source and its benefit. The Psalmist summarizes it well:
“Look to the Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.”