And I thought last week would have been better. Ha! What did I know? I’ve learned something new. When you have a sprained ankle you tend to favor your other leg. While that is not anything new, it does aggravate any back problems you may have. In my case, I pinched a nerve in my lower back. I had a very painful and unproductive week.
As I seached for a spiritual analogy for the debilitating effects of back pain, the closest I could come was trying to serve God without the full support of his Spirit.
Our back supports us and allows us the freedom to move and flex in many directions. When it is not supporting you, your ability to move and flex are hindered. Even the simple tasks become laborious and time consuming. Your energy and ability is diminished while you seek to avoid pain.
In the same way, the Spirit of God empowers our lives and allows us to serve Him in freedom. We can then move and flex with the situations we find ourselves in. While pain is a possibility, avoidance of it does not become the focus of our activity. We are more open to take risks and walk as the Spirit directs.
When we try to serve God on our own strength we are unplugged from the source of our effectiveness and without adequate support in what we do. Like back pain, our efforts become laborious and less productive. While we may succeed in the beginning, reliance on our own strength eventually brings about ruin and pain.
Simply put, our flesh is weak while His Spirit is strength and strong support for our lives. If I’ve learned anything from the last week it is this: Our strength will fail us while God will never fail us.