Feeling Weak and Vulnerable
There are times I don't want to be strong. I want to curl up and hide from the world and its pressures. They are subtle pressures of success and production, of civility and tolerance, of doing and being the right person. I don't want to struggle with temptation or stand as an example for others to follow. There are times when the walls of responsibility close in on me and all I want to be is that little child again, crawling into his mother's lap to find safety and security. In those moments, in all my moments I need a strength that is beyond me, a strength that is heavenly.
Ephesians 6:10, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might."
When exhorting the Ephesian church to strive for the high call of Unity The Apostle Paul is well aware of their need for strength. Whether the relationships are within the home or the church building the house built on a shaky foundation would be devastating. We need to be strong in the Lord, but what does that mean?
1. We must realize the Lord's strength is immeasurable, "and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe." We cannot exhaust God's power, so we we can go to Him without worry that it will not be available.
2. It is to those who believe. If you are a follower of Jesus you can go to you father in heaven and expect to receive what he has promised.
3. It is the same power that He used to raise Jesus from the dead. He can raise our tired souls to life, bring comfort in anguish, and restore us in exhaustion, "according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places."
4. Strength comes when our priorities are right, "he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God." When we strive for our own glory the world will overwhelm us, but if we Seek the Father's glory our faith is grounded on a solid foundation.
5. "be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus." Failure sucks the life out of people, but knowing that at our worst God extends his grace to lift us out of the mire and restores the soul. Their is no condemnation in Christ Jesus and perfect love casts out fear.
6. "you are strong, and the word of God abides in you." Reading and studying the Word of God reminds us of God's character and promise, the depth of his love for us, and the power he displays on our behalf. When we abide in his word we are rejuvenated.
7. "he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being." Power comes through the indwelling Spirit of God. We are strengthened when we release ourselves to his leading, to his peace, to his understanding, to his conviction, and to his presence.
Today we face a myriad of responsibilities that weigh heavy on our souls. They might be the responsibility of providing for your family, finding a job, doing well in school, taking care of children or ailing parents. We need to be strong, not in our own strength, but in the might of the Lord. Have a powerful day resting in Him. I'm just saying.