I will strengthen you and help you. (Isaiah 41:10)
Today’s word from the God who so loves us is a wonderful guarantee that is designed to both comfort and challenge every one of His children. Let’s take a look.
First, notice who has given us this promise of strengthening . . . it is none other than God Himself. Omnipotence has promised us strength; who would dare doubt such a guarantee? The Lord God Omnipotent possesses an endless stream of strength that is not diminished in any way when He gives us a portion of it.
Next, notice that God does not specify in which season we will be strengthened. Therefore, we are to take this promise to mean all seasons. God has promised to strengthen us in our seasons of serene, successful service and He has promised to strengthen us in our seasons of stormy, sorrowful service. Regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in, at all times we have this guarantee from God: I will strengthen you!
Clearly, this guarantee from God should be a source of unimaginable comfort, but the living and active Word of God does not stop there; it goes on to challenge us to rise above any obstacle that stands in our way. And we can rise because our strength does not come from within, but from above. Human weakness is no impediment to divine strength. In fact, Paul tells us that when we are weak, our God is strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). We can trust Him to strengthen us when we have no strengh of our own.
- The fearful are given courage.
- The doubting are given conviction.
- The lonely are given company.
- The weak are given confidence.
- The broken are given compassion.
These seasons of fear, doubt, lonliness, weakness, and brokenness are just a few of the obstacles we face in this life; in these and all others God has promised to give us the strength we need to see them through.
So let me ask you a very important question right now: What strength are you in short supply of today? Fear not! Go to your Savior and ask Him, “Strengthen me supernaturally according to your Word!” His mercies are new every morning; His faithfulness knows no boundaries (Lamentations 3:22-23). Ask, and you will receive His strength and His help.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!