Learning to Accept Powerlessness

Karen Bables

Read: Genesis 1:28-31; 3:1-14

And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. (1:31)

Who wants to admit to powerlessness? Surrendering control to God suggests capitulation, throwing in the towel, waving the white flag. Often, when Christians see the word “powerlessness,” they read it as weakness and helplessness. The truth is that as we turn over the reins to God, we come closer to the original intention of God’s creation.

Harmony was the way of the world in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were in harmony with God, accepting their place as his image-bearing creatures, responding when God called. They were in harmony with each other as co-laborers and companions. They were in harmony with nature, understanding their role in the preservation of God’s creation. Harmony even reigned in their own minds, in their “self.” There was no artificial split between body, mind, and soul. No cacophony of voices clamored for control of their minds. There was no need for power. God was in control and they were content. They were “power-less” and it was heavenly.

Then the serpent played his wily hand. His challenge led to rebellion in the Garden. A struggle of wills replaced harmonious relationships. Powerlessness was to be feared. This is the world we inherited. However, from the perspective of the Garden, accepting powerlessness brings blessings, not fear. When we give up a life of struggle, we gain the opportunity to come closer to Eden. —Karen Bables

Prayer: Once again, Lord Jesus, I surrender all.