Finding Ease in Strength
Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me…”
Isaiah 30:15 The Message
I have discovered that the dynamic of being at ease with strength and at rest with power is a very telling and beautiful image of godliness. Usually the pairings of ease with strength and rest with power come with the passage of time. They fuse as you begin to realize there is a power that abides within. Just as righteousness is a state we rest in, there is a realm where strength is a haven as well. We discover rest when we cease from striving.
I love the way Isaiah 30:15 puts it. When we stop struggling in our own ability, our true strength is revealed. God is not withholding strength from us; He’s bestowing it!
Yet in contrast to this truth, I’ve seen many people terrified by their strength. They recoil in fear if ideas, questions, or passions arise unbidden within them. Strength is not to be feared; it is to be embraced. Do not make the mistake of imagining meekness to be weakness. It is tempered strength. It is might under control.
Moses was called both meek and humble, but he was nevertheless a mighty leader and a force to be reckoned with. I have to wonder if this was because he had met the very One who was backing his every word.
Will you dare to believe that, like Moses, you might be a part of the revelation of God’s goodness on the earth? Will you gather with others and strategize so that this goodness may be seen through us?
As you spend time in prayer this week, ask the Holy Spirit to show you what it looks like to be at ease with your strength and at rest with your power. When we seek this revelation individually and as a collective force, we will rise to the level of life needed to fulfill all God has called us to do on the earth.
*Adapted from Lioness Arising: Wake Up and Change Your World (Waterbrook Press, 2010).