Thursday, September 15, 2011
It is so refreshing to know that we can rest in the strength and comfort that God provides during times of trials and tribulations. When we are too low and too weak to understand or grasp things for ourselves, that is when he comes and reassures us that everything is alright. God wants an opportunity to show himself strong within our lives.
If we rely on God's strength, it is such a freeing experience. We know that everything is just fine. We are not forced to be self-reliant. We are just able to let go and allow God. I realize that I am weak. I don't have the power to overcome my circumstances. Psalms 105:4 tells us to "Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!" It's not a one time thing. We have to constantly seek the Lord AND his strength.
Why God's strength? "Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."Isaiah 40:28-31
I am reading the Fall of the House of Zeus by Curtis Wilkie. It has been mind blowing. It is a non-fiction book based upon the story of Dickie Scruggs, a Mississippi Trial Lawyer who was convicted of bribing a judge. It goes so much deeper than that though. It really exposes the judicial system within the state and the country and all of their "indiscretions." Why am I talking about this book? It's real life stuff that shows how one man was so dependent upon his own power. It's like he almost thought he was Superman...unstoppable. But as Isaiah 40 says, ...young men shall fall exhausted...because they are relying on what they can do, on the power that they have. Our strength is limited and it will not last. It can only handle so much until it gets broke down to nothing. We must rely on God's strength because if we just wait on the Lord we will be renewed.
Peace and Love.