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The Secret of Strength

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Whatever your situation, the Bible promises that God Himself will be your strength.

‘Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song.’ (Isaiah 12:2)

‘Lord give me strength!’ the cry often goes up. In many cases, it is simply a cry of exasperation in trying circumstances, rather than a genuine prayer. Yet it is a prayer that God is happy for us to make. For the Bible is full of promises of strength for those who come to God acknowledging that they have no strength of their own.

And what is the secret of that strength? That’s what Delilah, sent by the Philistines to ensnare Samson, wanted to know when she asked him, ‘Tell me the secret of your great strength’ (Judges 16:6). At a superficial level, the apparent source of his strength was the Nazirite vow to which he had been dedicated from his conception; but the true source of his strength was not the vow, nor his unshorn hair that reflected it, but the God to whom he had been dedicated. Still today the God of Samson promises to come to people, bringing his supernatural strength into our lives for every need and circumstance.

Paul too discovered this secret of strength. His apostolic ministry led him to face many challenging situations in his life – mentally, physically and spiritually – but he came through them all by focusing on God and looking to him for strength. Writing to the Philippian church while under house arrest in Rome, his confident declaration, even in the light of an uncertain future, was still ‘I can do everything through him who gives me strength’ (Philippians 4:13).

Perhaps today you feel weary and at the end of your own resources; perhaps you are facing some seemingly insoluble problem in your family or some opposition at work; perhaps some new challenge lies ahead of you that you have not faced before; perhaps you are unsure if you can press or on, or even feel like ‘giving up’. Whatever your situation, the word of God promises that God himself will be your strength. Turn to him and ask him to fill you with that promised strength once again.

‘The Sovereign LORD is my strength! He will make me as sure-footed as a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.’ (Habakkuk 3:19, NLT)

Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont

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