“He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31
I was feeling weak. Tired from not enough sleep, and worn from pushing myself hard as I prepared for the next big step in my journey following Jesus, and weak in the sense I felt vulnerable, raw, fragile, like it would be too easy for me to fall into saying or doing something displeasing to the Lord. I needed rest, for sure. I’d been spending wonderful time with the Lord, and in His Word, day after day, so that wasn’t the issue. Spiritually, I felt as fit and strong as I could possibly be. But physically, I knew my mind was fatigued, and I knew this was a risky business. And I was reminded of three vitally important things when it comes to weakness versus strength.
- Our strength must come from, and be in, the Lord, and not in ourselves, and it is in our weakness that He shows forth His glorious magnificent strength.
- We need to be continually spending time with Him, studying His Word, praying and praising, worshiping Him and crying out to Him, pouring out our hearts to Him, seeking Him, hearing and obeying Him, to keep us strong spiritually – strong in Him, strong by Him, strong for Him.
- Physically and mentally, we need to be rested, whereby our bodies are well kept, eating well, exercising well, sleeping well and if we don’t sleep well taking naps and respites along the way, and mentally remembering to cast every aspect of our lives on Him so we are not worrying and stressed and troubled but moment by moment choosing to trust in Him. Physically and mentally, we need rest so that we are clear-minded and best able to depend on His strength and best able in His strength to follow Him.
One of the greatest gifts I believe the Lord gives us is repentance, and the call to it, as He convicts and chastens us and leads us to repent so we purge ourselves of our sins and seek and receive His forgiveness, so we are cleansed of anything displeasing to the Lord. When it comes to weakness and strength, to finding strength in Him despite our human weakness, we need to ongoingly repent of anything dishonoring to God, whether we find ourselves not seeking Him and His strength but pridefully relying on our own “strength”, i.e. weakness, whether we are not spending the time with Him and in His Word daily we so very much need to be spiritually strong and best able to lovingly humbly follow Him, and/or whether we are not physically caring for ourselves the way we need to in order to be of maximum love and service to God.
We who follow Jesus are God’s vessels, and true strength, the kind of strength that matters, is found in Him, and it is our responsibility to do what is necessary to seek and receive and walk in the strength of the Lord God almighty.
If you’re feeling weak, as I was that day, seek the Lord and let Him show you if there is anything you need to repent of, if there are any changes He wants you to make, and make sure to find your strength in HIM that you might best live to best bring Him love, honor, glory, and forever praise!