Mere Mortals

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?'” Hebrews 13:6 and Psalm 118:6

My devotions were about this verse, and how God is bigger than anything.  There’s nothing he can’t handle.

In the verse before this, are the words, “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'” And, a few verses down, in Hebrews 13:8, It says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

This means He is with us always, nothing is too hard for Him, and that this message stays constant.

It is easy to get absorbed with all of life’s problems.  The stress of all the “bad stuff” can take our focus away from this message, and make us feel defeated.  However, God’s Words will never pass away, and they are there for us to take courage and hope from.

This made me think of an Old Testament story in Numbers 11. The people are tired of eating manna, and they want to have meat like they had in Egypt. God tells Moses he is going to give them meat for a month until it would become loathsome to them. Moses couldn’t see how God would feed that many people because there were six-hundred-thousand men on foot. Then God asks Moses if he thinks the Lord’s arm has been shortened. I noticed Moses didn’t reply to that question, but Moses tells the people what God says He is going to do for them.  God sends them quail, just as he said, and in a miraculous way.  The quail are brought into their camp by a strong wind from the sea. These birds flutter about 2 meters off the ground, right over their camp, and the Bible describes the amount of birds as being a days journey in each direction from the camp.

Strange that Moses would doubt God’s ability after he saw the plagues, the Red Sea part, and so many previous miracles.  Aren’t we all like that?  We see miracles every day, and then question God’s power when it comes to something we can’t understand.  Having faith can be hard, but what is impossible with man, is possible with God.

I also think of a New Testament story about the man who had a son with demons.  The story is found in Matthew, Chapter 9, and even the disciples couldn’t cast it out. Jesus told the father of this boy that if he could believe, all things would be possible. The father with tears said he believed, but then asked Jesus to help his unbelief. Jesus delivered this man’s son from the demons that tried to destroy his life.

We limit God’s power to our mere mortal terms, but God’s power is spiritual, not earthly, and goes beyond the realm of our reality.

When it comes to things I think are impossible, Lord, help thou my unbelief, as I am just a mere mortal, and you are so much bigger, wiser, stronger, and more powerful than I am.


( The theme was based on Bigger than the Bogeyman from “The Duck Commander Devotional” that I was using today, I am not sure of what translation of the Bible they used for the verse.)


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