Day 4: Strength to the weary
If there is one thing in life none of us particularly like to be called it is “weak”. We ultimately seem to take pride in proving we are strong. I work in the construction industry and over the years there has definitely been some competition to see who can lift and carry the most weight.
Like many things, the Kingdom of God often operates in a completely different way to us. Where we want to be strong in ourselves, God would rather we were weak and found strength in Him. There is something beautiful about laying down your strength and power and choosing to acknowledge you can’t cut it, you can’t get through it and you need help.
Isaiah 40:29-31 NIV
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
I love that Isaiah writes that there is an “increase of power” and a “renewing of strength” that comes from the Lord. Many of us need to receive this today but we need to know it comes from assuming the surrender position not from a reliance on yourself.
Whatever you are going through today, I pray that you will be ok with acknowledging your weakness and in return receive great strength from God.
One of my favourite verses in the bible is Ephesians 6:10
“Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power”
Paul literally says “strengthen yourselves in the Lord” as David did in 1 Samuel 30:6.
God has unlimited power and might. It’s not about God doing all the work and we do nothing. Neither is it we do everything and God does nothing. It’s about relying on his power, his strength, his might then we do something!
Be content in weakness today. Receive strength from God, keep receiving and keep going!
Ps Ed Winbow
Campus Pastor, Penrith