This past Halloween I saw a wide range of characters like Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, a random unnamed wrestler and Bill Clinton. However, the most common characters to cross my path were those of the superhero. We love our superheroes. Ask a kid what super-power they would like to possess and chances are, they have already given it some thought.
I have known people who, in my opinion, think that they themselves are a superhero. No, they cannot fly or leap tall buildings and to the best of my knowledge they don’t wear a cape. But they are convinced that they can live without the aid of the Lord Jesus, or anyone else for that matter. When it comes to life they’ve got it covered. No task is too hard; any individual can be manipulated. Any obstacle is merely an opportunity to prove their independence and display their superpowers! Inspiring, isn’t it?
Unfortunately, every superhero, real or imagined, has their “kryptonite.” Kryptonite is that certain something that causes the mightiest of superheroes lose heart, lose strength, to fail. Usually that weakness is kept secret. We don’t want anyone to know where our faults lie. However, I have learned that one of my greatest strengths is to know and understand my weaknesses. And since I have many flaws, I have a lot of strengths!
Psalm 147:5 reads “Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” Now that’s a superhero! This simple verse is just one of many references to how great and mighty the Lord Jesus is. Only He possesses all knowledge and all strength. Jesus alone can be everywhere at once. Our feeble minds can’t grasp it, let alone explain it.
Let’s go back to our failed superhero. If he trusted in the Lord Jesus, each task could be committed to the Lord and his efforts would be blessed. Those difficult people with the hard heart could be softened and loved through prayer. All obstacles would become opportunities to prove the faithfulness of God! Psalm 108:4 states, “For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
One of my Kryptonite areas is impatience; I want God to answer my prayers now. No, make that yesterday! Another superpower of the Lord Jesus is that He knows the beginning from the end. His timing is not the same as mine. Psalm 107:1 says “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
This school year at Brainerd Area Youth for Christ our theme is: “Superhero; True Identity.” We desire to introduce students to this superhero, Jesus Christ. But unlike the rest, He doesn’t have a hidden identity. No masks, no alter-egos. In fact, as a demonstration of His great superpowers, He and He alone conquered and defeated life’s greatest foes — death, hell and the grave.
Take that you super-villains!
By the way, Tuesday is the election. No candidate is even remotely a superhero. Please join me in praying for our city, state and nation as we cast our votes so that God may truly bless America.