This week I was texting with one of my family members who is going through a rough period in her life. She’s been leaving her family every week to go three hours away to college only to return on the weekends. As you can imagine, she’s having a hard time. I know it would be difficult for me to leave my family each and every week. As we were texting I let her know that she is a strong woman and that she will be even stronger by going through this. Her response was, “I hope so…” That got me to thinking, how do we as humans measure strength? Do we measure it by the way we feel in the moment? I know that’s how I used to measure my strength and fortitude. But this was my response back to her, “We don’t measure strength by how strong we feel. We measure strength when despite how weak we feel we keep moving and pushing onward and upward.” This is something I’ve been learning in my life. Sometimes when we are at our weakest is when we are our strongest, because that’s when it truly takes the most faith to keep going.
Then I got to thinking, how does God measure strength? This verse came to mind, “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three time that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10. We truly have no strength on our own. Even when we feel incredibly strong, we’re not. God is the one who works within us to give us the strength for the day. That is why we must lean on Him daily. He says in 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.
My prayer is that for those of you who feel weak today you will remember that you have all the strength you need from our most gracious Savior who is willing to give to you liberally. He holds nothing back. With His help, you can make it through this day.