So many times in our lives, we struggle to find the strength we need. Whether it is the strength we need to get through our current crisis or the strength to just get out of bed. We need strength to attack another day of family, work, and whatever comes our way.
Personally, I am not near as strong in my life as I need to be. I miss going to the gym, I don’t post here enough, and I miss out on getting things done for my family. To be honest, it is not a lack of strength. It is a lack of discipline.
I lack building my physical strength when I decide that going to the gym is not as important as another activity. I lack building up content for those who are looking for help and encouragement in a time of need when I decide that my time focused on something else takes precedence. I lack building my family’s confidence in me as a provider and maintainer when I do not get things done around the house and furthering my career. Why is that?
The dictionary has many definitions of strength. Here are the top 3:
1: the quality or state of being strong: Capacity for exertion or endurance
2: power to resist force
3: power of resisting attack
It is interesting in all off these, strength is actually describes and defined in terms of resistance and endurance.
Strength cannot exist without a force purposely being thrust against it. It has no purpose but to withstand a force dead set on keeping you being better, being more that you are right now.
There is a force that wants you to stay where you are now and not experience what true strength brings.
Is it possible that part of our weakness and lack of strength is not recognizing the force that is coming against us?
Ephesians 6:12 (MEV)
12 For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Complacency and weakness are partners. Ever notice that when you settle for where you are now, it feels like there is more out there? Why does it seem so difficult when you start to improve yourself?
We pray for God to bless us and help us out of our situations, yet could we be unwilling to build our strength in the areas where God wants us to grow? Could He know that we are leaving real life on the plate after we have only eaten the junk food live hands us?
As Christians, we have given our lives to Jesus. He desires to give us all that we need. He has promised us strength and peace.
Psalm 29:11 (MEV)
11 The Lord will give strength to His people;
the Lord will bless His people with peace.
Why do we choose not to seek strength whether it is physical, emotional, mental, or spiritual strength? When we think other things are more important than spending some quality time with Jesus every day in prayer and devotions, we lose out on building our strength through knowing and becoming more like Him.
True strength to win the battle against the forces fighting against our relationships, family, finances, peace, and well-being is only built through the truth of God’s Word and focused time spent communing with Him.
Reading the Bible, praise & worship, devotions, fellowship, weekly worship services, and daily time spent in His presence away from all that distracts us (even for a few minutes) allows Him to build the muscles of faith that we need to grow and have the strength we need to live this life.
1 Chronicles 16:11 (MEV)
11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
seek His face continually.
Today is a new day. You don’t have to be focused on the forces coming against you when you focus on the God of the universe who is over all of them. Even if it is just 5 minutes today, just quiet yourself and focus on Jesus. Not what He can do for you, but who He is.
He is love. He is truth. He is power. He is strength. He is all you need.