Strength for the Days
‘As thy days, so shall thy strength be.’ (Deuteronomy 33:25, KJV)
We have all no doubt seen people suddenly faced with an issue that they had feared they might never able to handle – perhaps unemployment, or severe illness, or bereavement, or tragedy. Amazingly they seem to suddenly find a miraculous grace and strength from God for each day, so that they are not just "dragging themselves through" but are experiencing a special sense of his promised presence and help. Whenever we see this, we are experiencing the truth of today’s text: that, as the NIV puts it, "your strength will equal your days."
What a wonderful promise of God this is! That He will provide strength for each day and for whatever is needed in that day. This means we don’t have to sit and worry whether we will have enough strength for tomorrow or for next year or for 10 years’ time. God promises us sufficient resources – Himself! - for each day as it comes. Now the thing about how God works is this: He doesn’t give us that strength before we need it, but as we need it. Most of us would probably prefer to have a spiritual stockpile of resources "in case of need"; but it doesn’t work like that! If it did, it would rob us of having to walk by faith and having to trust God day by day. Rather, it’s as we need it that the strength and grace are given.
Being a Christian does not guarantee us immunity from life’s pressures, trials and sufferings. Such things are simply part of living in a sin-ridden world. As a pastor for many years, Mike has had to walk through many a crisis with people; but he has also seen them find God’s amazing grace and strength in their situation. It is at such times, when something earth-shattering happens, when the bottom falls out of our world, that we need God’s strength. And when we need it, God promises, it will be there – enough strength for each day and to equal our days.
Whatever you are facing, God’s grace and strength is also there for you today.
"It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect." (2 Samuel 22:33)
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