In much of Niger (a nation where ROCK International is the channel for many projects), electricity is minimal. In fact, Niger is officially the least developed nation in our world today according the Human Development Index published by the United Nations.
After living my first year+ without this modern convenience, my house was finally connected to the capital's electrical grid. This did not guarantee electricity, but it did offer the potential for power in the home. Due to powerful surges, my breaker flips quite often, but because the electricity is frequently cut off, it’s tough to know which occurred. On more than one occasion, I have gone hours without electricity only to realize the power is on, but my breaker is off. The source of power was available, but simply put, I didn’t tap into it.
How often is this true in our lives as well? For followers of Jesus Christ, God has given us everything we need to live godly, holy lives. In 2 Peter 1:3, the apostle states, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” Too often we fail to tap into the power available.
Instead of surrendering to the Holy Spirit’s guidance, we just try harder. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the needs, sadness, and terror surrounding us, but the power to live with the lights on (peace, joy, and eternal perspective) is possible. Not because of some psychological ploy or physiological effort, but because of Jesus Christ who is our salvation, strength, and song. He has already connected us to abundant eternal life (not to be mistaken with an easy life).
Live in the light of His powerful promises.