We need strength in every season of our life.
When you are a child trying to walk for the first time…
When you are a student trying to meet your school requirements…
When you are a young professional trying to cope up with the demands of the industry… (Not to mention, dealing with different personalities at work)
When you are a bread winner to your family and you’re trying to give them a better life…
When you are a wife and you’re trying to be the helpmeet God wants you to be to your husband… (Or maybe you are dealing with a husband who is an unbeliever or a husband who is committing adultery)
When you are a mom of one,two, or more and you are trying to give your best to your children even with lack of sleep and rest…(or maybe you’re dealing with disobedient children)
When you go pass beyond 50 or 60 or 70 …(and maybe dealing with illnesses)
When you just lost a loved one and you’re trying to cope with grief…
When you are overwhelmed with trials and you’re trying to figure out what to make of the situation…
The Lord made me realize something very important regarding this by bringing me to the end of ‘MY’ strength, to that particular moment when I begin to beg for MORE…FROM GOD.
You see, experience and even age does not guarantee strength. It doesn’t always mean that whenever you’ve overcomed a certain trial or challenge in life, you’ll be able to handle it well the next time it comes around. Coping with grief over the death of loved one will never be easy no matter how many times you’ve experienced it. It’s hard to get used to dealing with rejection from others or straigthening out an unruly child or walking early the next day even if you’ve only had a few hours of sleep at night.
During these trying times, it’s so easy to rely on our own limited strength, thinking we’ve done it before, we can do it again. It’s one of the subtle ways of the devil deceiving us into thinking we’re good on our own–a form of pride.
I’ve always heard advices from people like “you can do this!” “You got this!” “You are a strong independent woman!” “This situation will only make you stronger”
There is nothing wrong with encouraging others in times of trials but we should be very careful to say that we can overcome life on our own, we can never do it, not without God.
It’s important that we realize that strength does not only “COME” from the Lord, it is His very nature, He is strength.
Psalm 46:1God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.
Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Terrie Chappel said, “Trials are never meant to toughen us but to make us tender to the Lord” and I do believe that. Sometimes, the Lord brings us to these circumstances where we reach the end of our own strength to see our need for Him.
True strength begins with humility. True strength begins when we depend on Christ alone. And oh how sweet it is to rely fully on His strength, it gives us peace to know that “these too shall come to pass” not because we are strong but because God is our strength. He will carry us through.
The Bible reminds us of His peace whenever we lean on to Him.
So I encourage you, the next time you feel weak, don’t try to wo-MAN UP and tell yourself you can do it! I pray that we …
Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!
1 Chronicles 16:11