My daughter travels all over the world as a flight attendant and often comes home with some fascinating tales. One such story is about former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who was seated in an aircraft that was preparing for takeoff. A flight attendant, noticing that he did not have his seatbelt fastened, asked him kindly, “Excuse me, sir, but would you mind fastening your seatbelt?”
As the story goes, Muhammad Ali looked up with that saucy grin of his and said in a slow, gravelly voice, “Superman don’t need no seatbelt!” Without missing a beat, the flight attendant packed a punch with this quick reply: “Superman don’t need no airplane, so how about fastening up!”
Of course, Ali was only joking. If a person really believed he was Superman, he would be seriously deluded. He would be like the ancient Edomites in today’s Scripture who had been self-deceived by their own pride. The truth is, we all have the same tendency.
A. W. Tozer aptly described the kind of Christians the Lord longs for us to be: “Men and women who have stopped being ‘fooled’ about their own strength and are not afraid of being ‘caught’ depending on their all-sufficient Lord.”
Sift the substance of my life,
Filtering out the sin and strife;
Leave me, Lord, a purer soul,
Cleansed and sanctified and whole. —Lemon
To experience God’s strength, we must admit our weakness.