Strength in the Lord, is to be found in precisely that: in the Lord. We are to declare: God Is My Strength. It is His strength and not our strength that is most important here. He does not expect us to be strong. We often seek greater endurance, or a release or greater ability, but He does not expect these from us.
The strength God wants to impart to us, is an increased ability to trust Him. God wants us to find our strength in Him. He wants us to declare, just like David did:
“The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart trusts in Him and He helps me.” (Psalm 28:7)
How he imparts his strength to us is as follows:
- He changes our thinking. He gives us the strength “to comprehend” His greatness, His power, His promises, His love. Gods nature and character needs to be freshly revealed to us so that we can comprehend. This revelation, may add to what we already know about Him from His Word. We need a revelation.
“…that you may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Eph 3:18-19 KJV
- Then He Increases our Faith. As we more clearly have a revelation of God, His promises and His faithfulness, we then start to take that which we now understand, and believe it. Our thinking changes and increases our faith. Faith is active and we take faith steps in the direction of what we believe. We start to “walk by faith and not by sight.” ( 2 Cor 5:7)
“…so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Cor 2:5)
- This translates into greater trust. The more we learn to live by faith in our daily experience and our daily walk, the more we learn of His faithfulness to do what He has promised. Our trust grows, and we learn to trust Him even when it does not make sense.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Prov 3:5-6)
- We start to rely on God. As opposed to relying on ourselves and our own abilities, or relying on other people.
“Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.” (2 Cor 1:9)
- We live in God’s strength. We come to a point, where our faith is such that we declare the following:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom 8:28)
What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31)
If God’s desire for strength in us, is characterised by an increased ability to trust Him and His promises, then it has got nothing to do with finding strength within ourselves. In fact, if we find strength in ourselves, it is not strength at all, because it is based on trusting in ourselves and not trusting God.
God is the source of strength. The only way to access this strength then, is in weakness and in total dependence.
Thank You Lord that You make me strong. I don’t have to be strong out of my own. Help me to find strength in You by seeking revelation of who You are in relationship, and in seeking truth in your Word. Help me to believe what I have come to understand and to trust You until I see evidence of your strength at play in my life. Help me to live my life relying on You and not myself, because when I depend on You for everything, then I am strong.