We live in a world where being strong is very sought-after trait. We want strong cleaners, cars, even furniture, if you have kids. We also have everything around us telling us to be strong and to never be weak or let our weaknesses be seen.
Strength is mentioned over 360 times in the Bible. When you look at verses in the Old Testament, you will find that verses where strength is mentioned are generally speaking of the strength of God. Deuteronomy 6:5 says, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Basically, when we consider everything the Bible says, we are told to use what strength we do have to love God, and to let ourselves be weak the rest of the time so God can be strong.
We don’t always do what we read we are supposed do. No one likes to be weak or completely reliant all the time. I have been working very hard recently not to depend on myself to do things without the assistance of my family or, more importantly, of God. It can become so easy to just do things on my own, because I know how and when they’re being done. When we rely on God to be our strength, though, we submit all control of how and when things will be done. When we submit to God, that’s when we get see what the “Big P” plan is for our lives.
I learned a lot while working on this devotion, praying about it, and talking to my wife. I mentioned to her that I was discovering what God really says about strength in the Bible. She mentioned to me that we have to also be careful not to confuse strength with perseverance. We can continue down the path in which God is guiding us and give Him complete control at the same time. When I gave some thought to this, I realized that I often correlate letting God be my strength to me doing nothing.
I think sometimes we must do that, but we have to be faithful while He continues to be our strength, rather than focusing on how we can change things. There are so many times when we don’t want to persevere where we are; instead, we could pray about it and continue walking down the path. After studying about strength, I have begun asking myself, “Am I letting God be my strength?”