To venable (verb): To randomly muse upon this and that.

Jim Montgomery And Me.

Jim Montgomery was the Sunderland goalkeeper in the early 1970’s. He is mainly remembered for this double save in the 1973 FA Cup final.

As a boy I remember seeking to emulate Jim Montgomery in the front garden at home. I had watched him taking goal-kicks and the ball flew right off high into the air. I was seeking to do the same in the garden. Alas my kicks hardly left the ground. I did not have the power, you see. No matter how I tried to get the connection right it was all in vain because I did not have the required strength.

And therein is a parable of our relationship to God. We see others able to rise up high and enjoy fellowship with the Lord. They are able to draw close to the everlasting LORD and God. And others no matter how much they aspire to such an experience find no way of achieving it. They do not have the power you see.

The lesson is that we can only rise up to approach God and draw near to Him through the enabling of the Holy Spirit. He is the one who gives us the power. Like myself a young boy of ten or so there was no power in me to elevate a football high into the sky from the ground. So also human beings have no power to raise up to God. The power source is God Himself. We need to rely upon Him. It is His grace which motivates the gift of His power. It is our faith, motivated by humility, which provides the channel for the power.

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