STRENGTH TO YOUR ARM
“The Lord gives strength to everyone who is good”.
Ps 37:17 CEV
A few years ago a tall, thin woman won a tough tennis match at Wimbledon. Admiring her physical presence that dominated the court, the television commentator remarked, “Wow! What a wingspan!” We all wish we were stronger. Our physical strength is never enough for what our dreams call us to do and be. Our intellectual powers fall short of what we wish we could understand and master. Our powers of endurance give in before we get to the crucial finishing line – whatever that line might be. Our courage fails
us when we come to some acid test.
God is the person to whom we turn for help and strength.
The poet who penned this sentence had also experienced the frustration of discovering his own limitations. But he knew his God and had been given additional resources with which to face life’s struggles and workload. He believed this extra strength was given by God to those who were good. But it was faith, rather than good deeds that enabled God to help him.
Centuries later the apostle Paul was able to say, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13 NIV). A man of enormous intellectual powers who had great powers of endurance and faced huge physical challenges, Paul found his exceptional personal strength in Jesus Christ. His close walk with Christ lifted him up to greater heights than he would have managed on his own.
Look to Christ for your strength. However strong or weak you may be, acknowledge that your greatest need is spiritual power and that it comes from Christ alone. And the weaker you are, the greater his strength will be for you.
Lord, in my weakness fill me with your power.