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Required to Reconnect – Dial First, Power Will Follow

Reconciliation3Key Bible Verse: “Go with the strength you have … I am sending you.”  – Judges 6:14

Bonus Reading: Judges 6:11b-14, 25-27

Awhile ago, I knew I should reconcile with someone I’d mistreated, but felt too intimidated and embarrassed to do it. It was going to be hard for me to admit fault. I was afraid he might rage at me. I wasn’t even sure how I’d bring up the subject without being awkward about it.

So I admitted that I needed God’s strength. I affirmed that he’s powerful and that he’s with me. I knew I was aligned with his will, because the Bible tells me, “Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible” (Romans 12:18). And I prayed, asking God for the courage to follow through.

Instead of feeling electrified with power, I still felt apprehensive and inadequate. Even so, I consciously decided to step out. That meant I had to act by doing what I knew God wanted me to do.

I went over to the phone and forced myself to dial the man’s number, knowing that if I walked down the road of obedience, God would give me power as power was needed. And sure enough, as the conversation unfolded that night, God emboldened me and strengthened me through that very difficult talk, and today I’m reconciled with that friend.

—Lee Strobel in God’s Outrageous Claims

My Response: A time when I stepped out in obedience and felt God’s power was …

Thought to Apply: Reconciliation demands courage … sometimes heroism, an overcoming of oneself rather than of one’s adversary.  —Pope Paul VI

Adapted from God’s Outrageous Claims (Zondervan, 1997, 2005)

Prayer for the Week: I need Your courage, Lord, to bypass my pride, engage the one with whom I’m on the outs, probe for the root of our misunderstanding, and experience healing.

 

 

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