Last week, one of my electronic games didn’t work. Despite recharging the batteries, one click to begin a game proved they did not come to life. Two reasons surfaced: the batteries were dead, and they were not rechargeable. No matter how long I left them in the charger, they would remain useless. That I learned from my grandson.

He didn’t realize he gave me a subject for today’s post. No matter how hard we try to fix or solve, sometimes we look in the wrong place. The remote needed new batteries. I won’t come to life if I look in the wrong place to be recharged; if I’m unwilling to be recharged in the right way. If what I really need is new life batteries.

i  know (from personal experience) a hot fudge sundae with whipped cream, or a fancy coffee beverage momentarily puts a spring in my step (and adds to my hips). It refreshes for the moment. It may distract me from thinking about a heavy schedule, a decision, or an interpersonal conflict, but once the last calorie is consumed, it’s back to reality.

And often our reality is that the battery can’t be recharged by a dessert or latest coffee. I need something new. What then? Where do I go?

Your promise revives me; it comforts me in all my troubles. (Psalm 119:50 NLT)

God promises His strength. He hears, sees, and knows our need.

  • When confused: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
  • When fatigued: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29
  • When troubled: “…put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love.” Psalm 130:7.
  • When wrong circumstances don’t change: “This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 NIV

We click and the remote doesn’t work because batteries run out of life; we do too. That’s the perfect time to find a lasting fix, not for a situation, but for me to go to the Source and “take hold of the life that is truly life”. (I Timothy 6:19 NIV) Looking to Him will avoid the frustration of being overwhelmed by clicking when nothing temporary works.

What are your thoughts about real recharging?

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