There is a great desire among people to be known for being strong. Even as kids we desired to be strong, usually for self-preservation from bullies and for bragging rights. Today in the gyms you see guys posing in the mirrors checking out their looks to see if they have grown any muscles in the two minutes they’ve been lifting.
The idea of strength is not just for guys. Gals also want to be known as being strong. It may be a different kind of strength. The strength to be self-reliant and to finish tasks others say that a woman can’t do.
When the Bible speaks of us being strong it is something entirely different. In the Bible, our strength comes from the realization that we are not strong, and we are to run to Jesus. We do not have to face temptation alone, nor do we have to face our fears, our failures, or our pain alone.
David was one of the fiercest warriors in the Bible and yet we will read in his Psalms that he constantly ran into the stronghold of his God. He realized at an early age that he was not strong enough to face any of his enemies without his Lord.
These days there seems to be a lot of fear among people. I think it is because they have come to the harsh reality that we are not in control of anything in this world and at a moment’s notice it can all be taken away. But, for the follower of Jesus, we can be strong because we find our strength not in ourselves, but in the God of all creation because He is on the throne.
Psalm 31:24, “Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.”
This blog is reposted from March 2020.