Sometimes things in life are just hard and there are times when you feel like there are concrete blocks tied to your feet. You are walking up hill both ways and can’t seem to catch a break. No matter what you try, you feel weakened by your struggles. Friends come and Friends go but God is the one place that I know that we can turn to during troubled days. God’s Strength is what helps carry us through pain, sorrow and hard times.
What does the Bible Say about God’s Strength?
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.Psalm 27:1-3
These verses state clearly that God is the source of strength. Not matter what we come against, we should not be afraid because God will make our enemies stumble and fall.
These verses end with the word, “confident” but we should be careful not to use this word with today’s meaning. Today, to most people, confident means being sure of one’s abilities and that is definitely not the confidence that is being discussed in these passages. The confidence here is having faith in God’s Strength and ability to protect us, to provide light in the darkness and to help us withstand against any attack.God will not simply snap His fingers and make your problems go away, but he will lighten your load if you trust Him.
How Do you Find Confidence in God’s Strength?
The best way to find that confidence is to read God’s Word, to pray over God’s Word and to listen for God’s voice in your heart. God’s Word will stand the test of time and you will not find yourself disappointed. Ask God for His help, for Him to provide resources and for His protection. Then just know that God will provide a peace within the storm.
What Will This Look Like?
These things may come in many forms and not all of them may mean that the struggle instantly goes away. But God will provide a way through each struggle. Some ways may be blatantly obvious and others may be difficult to see.
For example, if you are having trouble at your job because of a supervisor, each day will be a struggle. You come home everyday feeling defeated and stressed. You wake up every morning dreading your day and wishing it was Friday. During this time, you start to read God’s Word and you pray about what you have read. You try to focus about how to find joy and peace in your life. This same supervisor continues to be a burden to you everyday but you find that you are no longer holding on to the emotions of the struggle. What changed? You did! By reading God’s Word, He lightened your struggle. By reading His Word, God softened your heart. The change was subtle, the actual problem didn’t go away but it was made easier to handle.
To Sum It Up
God is our complete and total source for our strength. Whether this is mental or physical strength, God is the one that provides the way through a problem. God will not simply snap His fingers and make your problems go away, but He will lighten your load if you trust Him.
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