How much farther can I go? Immeasurably more. How much higher can I climb? Immeasurably more. How much more can I handle? Immeasurably more. The answer to every “how much” question is answered in searing biblical clarity: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” and “ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Well, that pretty much says it all. These passages also clarify why we ask the “how much” questions in the first place, we ask because we are still depending on our own strength instead of God’s strength within us. Holy Father, please forgive my insolence and help me live and act in Your strength alone. In You I live and move and have my being.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.