Supernatural Strength

by Joanna Pierce on April 24, 2019

I came across an article the other day, with an incredible story. It wasn’t the first time I’ve stumbled upon a tale such as this. This anecdote noted how a human being was transformed into vessel that defied every law of nature in the face of danger. A man had lifted a 3,000-pound Camaro off a bicyclist—with his bare hands.

How is that possible? The world record for the most weight ever deadlifted was 1,155 pounds. That Camaro weighed twice as much! Psychologists note our fear response systems unbridle hidden mental and physical abilities, allowing many gross-motor skills to peak under stress and extreme pressure. This is fascinating to me! But, does super-human strength only come in the face of fear and stress?

And it came to pass at the seventh time, that he said, Behold, there ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand. And he said, Go up, say unto Ahab, Prepare thy chariot, and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not. And it came to pass in the mean while, that the heaven was black with clouds and wind, and there was a great rain. And Ahab rode, and went to Jezreel. And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah; and he girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance of Jezreel (I Kings 18:44–46, KJV).

Elijah had prophesied the lack of rain for 3 years. When the time came for God to reopen the heavens, Elijah instructed his servant to tell king Ahab to get his chariot together and head to Jezreel. There was a storm coming like none other and Elijah didn’t want this to hinder Ahab’s journey.

When the storm clouds broke loose, rain poured down. If you can imagine the strength and vigor of a massive rainstorm, this rain—pent up for 3 years—was more powerful than anything we’ve ever seen.

In the middle of this storm, something tremendous happened. God’s anointing came upon Elijah, giving him supernatural strength, and he took off running after Ahab to Jezreel. In the pouring rain, creating unbelievable resistance, along with possible winds, standing water, and sloshing mud, God gave Elijah the ability to outrun Ahab in his chariot. He made it to the entrance of Jezreel nearly 20 miles away.

You could argue that Elijah’s gross-motor skills went into “peak” fight-or-flight mode in the face of the storm. But, this rain was God-given—there was no need to be afraid. God had given Elijah supernatural-ability, going well beyond natural human ability, to run to Jezreel. Why? Because Ahab had just witnessed the hand of God on Mount Carmel where He had answered Elijah’s prayer by fire. Elijah had proven that Baal was a false god, and all should worship the One, true God.

Elijah followed Ahab back to Jezreel to ensure he didn’t lose faith in what he had just seen. He had to stay strong against the opposition that would soon come through his idol-worshipping wife, Jezebel. No storm, no spirit, and no woman would to stop the mighty hand of the Lord.

I’m thankful God has created humans to operate in supernatural abilities in the face of danger, but I’m even more grateful that God moves upon us with a supernatural hand to complete the work of His Kingdom. It’s God’s supernatural anointing that allows preachers to deliver God’s Word daily during 18-week revivals, or how Saints make it through a work day after an all-night prayer meeting.

Whatever your hand finds to do for God’s Kingdom, you can do it with all your might (Ecclesiastes 9:10). It won’t be your strength, but the supernatural strength from the Lord (Zechariah 4:6)!