Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” Living in a world corrupted by sin and evil can make us feel that we are not doing enough to stay strong and share the love of God with those around us. But we need to remember that we are not here struggling alone. Our Heavenly Father makes it clear that our strength comes from Him, and no matter how difficult things may seem to be, He is always with us to help us, strengthen us, and hold us up when we feel we cannot go on.
Isaiah also tells us, in chapter 40, verse 29, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength.” And Paul tells us, in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, when speaking about asking God three times to remove the ‘thorn in his flesh’, “And He said unto me, ‘My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” It is God’s strength given to us, rather than our own strength, that will help us through the trials and tribulations of this life. When we try to do things on our own, through our own strength, we make things more difficult than they need to be. We should never be ashamed to admit that we need God’s strength to help us through every situation we face.
David declares in Psalm 73:26, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.” And in Psalms 18:1-2, we find, “I will love thee, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” A buckler is a type of shield, and a horn represents strength, so David is saying here that God is his shield and his strength. (In Luke 1:69, we see that Jesus is also called our Horn of Salvation.)
Yes, this life is filled with many situations that make us wonder how we will deal with each one and leave us questioning if we have the strength to get through them. But God makes it clear that we don’t ever have to walk this path alone. We can take assurance in the words of Psalm 18:33 and Habakkuk 3:19, “The LORD God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hind’s feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places.” What joy to know that, not only will God provide His strength to help us through all our troubles, but that He will provide safety and security from danger. And most of us can recite Philippians 4:13 (NKJV), which says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
In Ephesians chapter 6 we read about putting on the full armor of God, that we might be able to withstand evil (verses 11 through 18). Before putting on the armor, we are told, in verse 10, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” Yes, there are things we can and should do in our walk with the Lord. But always remember that our strength comes from God. When we learn to place our faith in His abilities rather than our own, we can be strong through His strength. God is able to meet our every need and help us through every difficult season, as long as we keep our faith in Him.
I will leave you with these parting verses, which are a reminder that there is nothing we face that God is not aware of; that He is not able to help us through. As we read in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
Grace and blessings on your path,