God Will Give You Strength

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When I think of strength, I think of people who have overcome impossible odds, conquered fears, trudged through obstacles and risen to the occasion.

I think of Jesus.

The One who was strong despite being beaten, abused, and killed. Who was strong enough to ask for mercy upon his accusers, even during His death. Most of us will never go through anything even remotely close to what Jesus went through.

We think we’ve got it rough when we can’t afford to go to the movies, or when we’re stuck having macaroni and cheese for dinner instead of that steak we’re longing for.

It feels as if our lives are coming to an end when they’re not perfect.

If we look around, however, we’ll see people who are going through all kinds of obstacles and trials. People who have to be strong every day of their lives, not because things aren’t always going their way, but to survive.

The homeless man on the corner…you know the one, holding up a sign that says ‘Will work for food’. You’ve never thought he’s strong?

“Strong? But he’s begging! He’s asking for help, how is that strong?”

Could you do it?

Who knows how he got there. Whether it was due to bad choices or unfair circumstances, the fact remains that he’s at a place where he can either give up or get help. Holding that cardboard sign says ‘I can’t do this on my own’, and requires some major strength, if you ask me.

 

It takes true strength to admit when you’re weak.

 

The lady who is battling cancer…who shows up every day with a smile on her face and a cheerful attitude. Then she goes home and cries, and asks God “Why me?” But the following day, she gets up and does it all over again…she goes through the chemo, loses her hair and sleeps more than a person should. And all the while, she keeps trusting God and maintaining a fighting spirit.

That, my friends, is strength.

It’s not when we’re proud because of something we’ve accomplished, won or excelled at. Not when we get a promotion, score a great deal on something we’ve been wanting, or make the best lasagna ever, (even if it’s ten times better than our neighbor’s!)

Jesus said “My strength is made perfect in weakness”. ~2 Corinthians 12:9

So to be strong, you don’t have to be the best at anything. You don’t have to have it all together, neatly packaged with a huge bow on top.

You have to be real, admit your weaknesses, and seek help when you need to. Then trust God that He will give you strength, His strength, that’s more powerful than anything you could do on your own.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. ~ Isaiah 40:29

 

 

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