As soon as I finished my last blog, I knew what I wanted to write about this week. Last week we discussed that when we courageously waited on the Lord, He would strengthen us. But what does that actually mean?
What does God’s strength look like? Feel like? How does it help us when our situation has not changed or improved in years? Or if our current challenge just seems too overwhelming and we have no idea which step to take next?
The New Oxford American Dictionary defines strength as:
- The capacity to withstand great force or pressure
- Emotional or mental qualities necessary in dealing with situations or events that are distressing or difficult
- A person or thing perceived as a source of mental or emotional support
As I read stories in social media and different media sites, it’s obvious that devastation has struck many people in the past few months. And there are others who started the year off struggling, barely holding on, and now must bear the weight of this pandemic’s effects on top of the burdens they were already carrying.
A few months ago, I shared about my daughter Kassadi having an MRI, and her subsequent diagnosis. Please take the time to read her story here and here so that what I’m about to share becomes more relevant.
I remember when we first received her diagnosis from the doctor, and both girls were in the room. As we walked to the car after the appointment, I didn’t say much as I was pondering the report. The girls probably didn’t realize it, but they were showing faith in their own way by chatting about how Kass wouldn’t need surgery and they weren’t receiving that doctor’s report.
Living a life of faith can be tough at times when dealing with a health challenge, as we still have to use common sense and consider the scientific and medical facts about the situations we are facing. It’s a difficult predicament to be in when your faith is being completely challenged by the facts.
Using wisdom, we sought additional medical opinions, all which pointed to surgery. And my strength in this situation had to transition from believing in her healing to trusting God through an unexpected surgery.
I received a call from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia back in mid-March after our region implemented restrictions to safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus. We were informed that Kassadi’s surgery was being postponed indefinitely.
In that moment I had conflicting emotions. We had been preparing ourselves and Kassadi for her procedure, and to receive this news while still processing the changing world around us was challenging.
I’ll confess that I questioned God and myself – was it my fault for delaying the surgery to get additional medical opinions? But then again, God knew I didn’t want her to have surgery, so maybe this delay is part of His plan to heal her?
I didn’t know what to think, or what my stance on the situation should be, or how to move forward. But honestly there was nothing we could do but wait. So that’s what we’re doing, while continuing to pray for her healing, and depending on God’s strength to get us through this as we wait for His plan to be revealed for her future.
There are some that don’t take the time to read the Bible, or may find it boring (I used to be guilty of this), but when you are desperate for help, the words become life-giving.
If you are at a point where strength is needed to get through your personal situation, won’t you join me in meditating on these scriptures? Ask God to speak to you as you read these words and decide which verse(s) you must grasp onto for the strength needed as you continue on your journey.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1 NIV
The joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NLT
Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart. Psalms 27:14 NKJV
The Lord is my strength and my shield. I trust him with all my heart. Psalms 28:7 NLT
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 40:31 NKJV
The Lord is the light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? Psalms 27:1 NKJV
My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV
But the Lord is faithful; and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV
In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 1 Peter 5:10 NLT
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I’m so thankful that we serve such a mighty and all-powerful God who strongly desires to help us! He sees everything we are going through right in this moment, and is absolutely able to bring us through it.
We may constantly wonder why, or even question how God could allow certain things to happen to us, but He still remains by our side, helping us get through those moments when we feel weak and powerless.
During the wait, we are fighting off the threats of fear and anxiety for the numerous unknowns that stand in front of us. But the good thing is we are no longer obligated to rely on our own strength and ability to get through our difficult situations.
Once we believe and completely trust in the above benefits and promises, we confidently understand that God’s strength is more than enough to get us through whatever challenges life may bring us.
Think of a situation in your life where you need God’s strength to help you. Which of the below verses speak to you the most in terms of the strength needed?
Will you commit the verse(s) to memory? Starting and ending your day declaring this promise of strength for your situation?
Feel free to respond in the comments section… and share this story with someone in your life that could use the encouragement.
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