I belong to a group of individuals barely in their thirties, who tell their stories with brutal honesty and hope, admitting their need for God. Each one of them has faced some hard things in their life. So. It’s their stories of finding their strength in God which impacts and encourages me. In the end, when all is said and done, when nothing else makes sense, we must make the decision to either face the stuff of life on our own or through the strength of God.
Times of difficulties, danger, and darkness are never wanted but often are the times we discover the gift of living in the strength of God.
It’s why I resonate with David’s story in I Samuel 30. The details describe life falling part:
David was now in great danger because all his men were very bitter about losing their sons and daughters, and they began to talk of stoning him. But David found strength in the Lord his God (I Samuel 30:6, NLT).
The words, “in the Lord his God” reveals the personal presence of God, giving insight into the message of the power of the strength from God when everything goes wrong:
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26, NIV).
Our story changes when our heart is strengthened by God.
How we tell our story, whether we present the solutions or the problems, whether we are hopeful or hopeless, whether we see it all as triumphal or tragic, reveals whether or not we’ve chosen to live it through the strength of God. And. When we are brutally honest for our need for God, when we receive divine strength, when we experience the infilling Presence to be sustaining as well as comforting, we’re able to make our way through it all.
- Look around you. Be honest about what you see.
- Ask God for divine strength.
- Declare: God is the strength of my heart.
- Give thanks for the transforming strength of God.
Learning to Kickstart the day through the strength of God,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)