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Newton’s Laws of Motion and Life’s Obstacles – Force

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 9, 2010


Newton’s had three laws of motion that can help us understand some of what happens to us on a daily basis. By tying these three examples to life’s obstacles, hopefully we can gain some understanding on how to deal with our daily circumstances.  Let’s look at the second law of motion. (click HERE for the article on the First Law)

The Second Law of Motion – Force

The second law of motion states in essence, “The more force you apply to an object, the faster it goes and that the same force applied to two objects of different masses will move at different speeds.”  But you knew that already.

In a car, the more gas you give the engine, the more power it produces making the car go faster.  But if you put a car engine in a Semi tractor trailer pulling a 30 ton haul, it may not produce enough force to move that trailer even 20 mph.  A car engine just can’t produce enough force to move a large load like a tractor trailer.

Let’s face it. Many of life’s problems are small enough that you can handle them in your own strength.  But if you throw together enough of those little problems, you can become overwhelmed.  Your engine just isn’t strong enough to pull the larger loads.

We can only exert so much force and then we tap out.  Either one big problem can doom us to despair or a bunch of little problems drown us and we die a death by a thousand paper cuts.  What we need is a bigger force or additional forces applied to the situation.

God provided three methods of walking through situations when your engine just isn’t enough.

  1. Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall. (Psalm 55:22)
  2. Strengthening one another through love (e.g. Luke 22:32)
  3. Combination of 1 and 2.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. (vs. 12)

Contentment is a big part of overcoming, but contentment alone is not enough unless you are content in the right source of force.  Paul goes on to say this about his source of contentment:

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (vs. 13)

And when in doubt, trust in the Lord and don’t lean on your own understanding (force).  In all of your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

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