08 | “Powerful”

On the 8th day of Christmas, I’d like to acknowledge Jack Garrell. Jack, you’ve handled change like a champ. You’ve taken on new responsibilities, you’ve leaned into your role, and you’ve carried weight as a leader. When challenges come, you overcome. When problems arise, you solve them. Thanks for standing in the gap and being willing to take a hit if necessary to see the mission move forward.

Today’s Reading: Luke 1:51 – ‘ He has demonstrated power with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance of their hearts.’

A Simple Thought: Mary says God is powerful.

She compliments his biceps! When I was in Bible college, I learned about something called “Anthropomorphism.” It’s a word I didn’t think I’d ever use again, but here I am. Anthropomorphism is the attribution of human emotions, traits, or physical characteristics to non-human entity. It’s a technique used by Biblical writers as an attempt to better explain God. When Mary says God has a strong arm, she’s not talking literally. She’s just trying her best to explain his power in a way we might understand. 

It’s not that God has arms, it’s that he’s very powerful.  He won’t do everything we want him to do, but He CAN do whatever he wants to do! He’s stronger and more capable than anyone or anything that has a hold on my life.

Sometimes I enjoy scrolling through youtube or instagram, watching old Mike Tyson fights. Iron Mike used his big strong arms to knock people out, but God’s right hook is even more powerful. He reached down into human history and rescued, defended, protected, secured, embraced, and delivered his people. What Mary says is, “Wow, look at God, He is powerful.”