OUR LORD WHO STRENGTHENS US
We, as people, are fragile and insufficient. There is not one human in existance who is able to live in this world without being upheld by others against the powers of nature, the powers of other people and against the powers of darkness.
Against this backdrop of vulnerability, the Apostle Paul says this:
But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.
- 2 Thessalinians 3 verse 3
In the world of the spirit, we are even more insufficient and we are dependent on our Lord to make us lie down in green pastures and lead us beside still waters.
It is when we are most vulnerable, when we are fearful and dismayed, that we can count on our Lord's direct promise to strengthen us that is found in this passage in Isaiah.
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.
-Isaiah 41 verse 10
When we are strengthened by God and now can overcome the wiles of the evil one and the challenges of our lives, what are we then to do with the strength we have?
Paul the apostle clarifies this question in the book of Phillipians.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
- Phillipians 4 verse 13
All things indeed.
The strength the Lord imbues us with gives us the capacity to do all things.
This is not to say that all things that can be done are profitable to ourselves or to God but with the options we have as strengthened children of God, we should endeavour to deploy the strength He gives us towards His express purposes for our lives.
Bless His holy name.