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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
"Coping or Imploding"
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” --Philippians 4:13
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,” --Ephesians 3:20
At sea level, the human body has 14.7 pounds per square inch of pressure pushing on it. When you enter the water, for every 33 feet you descend that pressure is added by another 14.7 psi. For instance, at 99 feet under water, the air pressure would be 58.8 pounds per square inch pressing on your body. If your body didn't respond with that much pressure pushing back from the inside, you would implode. Humans need help descending much further than 150 feet under the sea. Submarines were developed to help us go to the depths of the sea without imploding. Yet, when our submersibles are down some 3,000 feet and the lights are turned on, we find that we are not alone. There are fish and varieties of marine life coping in that environment. While we need a steel plated submarine that is specifically designed to withstand the crushing pressure at those depths, these fish are swimming freely. They don't build thick skins; they remain graceful and free. They compensate for the outside pressure through equal and opposite pressure on the inside. Christians, like these fish, don't have to be hard and thick-skinned as a submarine, as long as they appropriate God’s power within to equal the pressure without.