Sometimes in life we meet these rough patches and strength seem to fail us, you know?
The times when your life looks very little like you imagined, nothing like you planned, and very little like it could ever be enjoyed again. Yeah. Those times.
Maybe it’s a child who has decided to turn away from everything you’ve taught them and prayed for them.
Maybe it’s your health or the well being of a loved one.
Possibly you’re having a financial struggle. Or maybe it’s money manifesting it’s negative powers in your family.
Maybe your marriage is under fire, yet again.
Or those past hurts, they just keep resurfacing.
I don’t know what your struggle is today, my friend, but I do know one thing – as lovers of the Lord you and I have direct access to His healing and hope giving power.
When we are walking through things like rejection, rebellion, suffering, harsh temptations or any manner of situations that disrupt our focus from the Lord, it is easy to lose hope.
So where do we turn to gather the strength we need to get through our weaker times?
I believe 2 Chronicles 16:9 gives us a bit of wisdom. His Word says here,
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
As His daughters, I assume you and I are some of those “whose heart is loyal to Him”. Even if we have a mustard-seed sized faith regarding the situation we are in, the Father is scanning the earth looking for those of us who are willing to rely on that little nubbin of faith.
And you know what He promises to do for you and I and those found loyal to Him?
According to the verse above He will “Show himself strong.”
(His words, not mine. A lasting promise, not just some words on a screen.)
He promises to be enough in my weakness.
When I don’t understand, He becomes my peace.
He overrides my fleshly desires to lash out and spew anger on those who have hurt me, and He becomes my calming breeze, and cooling salve.
When I feel overrun by sorrow, grief, frustration, and other stifling emotions, He is my power to overcome.
When I am not enough – because we all know we aren’t. And when those phrases of “you are enough” just turn out to be not enough – God proves Himself to be our Enough.
He becomes our strength to serve just one more time.
He proves Himself strong enough to help you and I show honor and respect to our husband when we just don’t feel like it anymore.
Our Heavenly Father shows Himself gracious as He helps us take that one more step in love as we parent that child.
When our weakness excels, God’s strength prevails.
Galatians 5:25 (Amplified) reads,
“let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.”
I find the term “walking in line” interesting. It brings to mind a visual of marching ahead, eyes on the prize, ever pressing forward toward our Goal; Jesus.
So this week, my friend, let’s march.
Let’s keep our eyes glued on Christ, peeled wide open for a glimpse of His glory, averted from anything that could lead us wrong.
May we be attracted to His beauty in such a way that as He scans this earth, looking to and fro for a loyal heart, He will see you and me relentlessly turning toward Him in prayer and through His Word.
And because of our devotion may He manifest His power our lives; may he show Himself strong on our behalf.
Because this week, my friend, I’m simply not strong enough to go it alone.
I’d rather be scanned, found loyal in my weakness, and be given strength from the Divine.
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