God is our…Strength.
We find the limits to our natural abilities pretty quickly. We don’t need much of a challenge to prove to ourselves that our resources are finite and our energy is fleeting.
There are times when the task before us is greater than the power within us.
What are we to do?
David, in Psalm 46, calls on the Lord’s strength for those occasions that he is overwhelmed by the troubles of life. He claims that God is not only his Refuge in this verse, but also his Strength.
I think we can identify with David. When our enemies seem to have the upper hand, and the sorrows of life have taken the wind out of our sails, we feel absolutely powerless. Worries and anxieties can absolutely sap our strength, draining us physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. David was often on the run from his enemies as he ascended to the throne. And once on the throne, his life was filled with worries and insecurities. But David was never alone. The God who called him to be the shepherd king of Israel sustained David and empowered him.
God empowers us as well.
God gives us HOPE. Because we have HOPE we can borrow from the blessings of the future to stay committed to the course God has us traveling today. Since we have HOPE in a good future God has created for us we can bear up underneath the burdens of the moment, knowing those burdens will soon give way to the blessing that await us in eternity.
God gives us His PRESENCE. We are never alone. Jesus’ last words to his disciples in the book of Matthew ought to ring in our ears.
“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
God’s presence is with us to hold us steady and keep us on track. He is with us to encourage us as we pursue Him along the path of righteousness, and to convict us as we stray from the course He has set for us.
God gives us COMMUNITY. We are connected to the saints of old as we find commonality with them in their struggles as we read Scripture. Those heroes of the past have become part of that “great cloud of witnesses” that cheers us forward as we persevere through life. We are also connected to a living spiritual family. We draw strength from the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Community implies commonality. When one part of the community struggles, the entire community feels the pain. We realize our need for each other as God’s strength flows through the hands of the saints He places in our life.
And God has given us the SPIRIT. Even when we don’t know how to pray as we ought, the SPIRIT intercedes for us with “groanings too deep for words.” The SPIRIT of God is the indelible mark of God’s redemption of our lives, a constant reminder that even though we are powerless on our own, we are precious to God. Our worth in the eyes of our Heavenly Father keeps us moving forward toward the goal for which He has called us.
Keep pressing on today in the Strength of the Lord.