“As your days, so shall your strength be.”
From time to time, everyone experiences at least short periods of time where they feel exhausted. For some, there may be extended periods which can bring on depression.
However, the Lord continues to give us bodily strength to get through each day. But, there is also spiritual strength. This kind of strength is very different from bodily strength and it is His strength making us perfect in our weakness. It is the kind of strength that helps us to believe, to pray, and to live godly lives in this present evil world. Clearly, the true Christian life is not easy. Scripture refers to it as running a race that is run with endurance, or fighting a war like a soldier or warrior. We live in a world where the Christian’s enemies are formidable.
Suffering is an unavoidable part of the Christian life. The apostle Paul was told immediately after his conversion that he would suffer great things in his service to Christ. Our times are no different than his. We live in a world that is clearly anti-Christian, and if the law did not restrain men, we would experience even greater trials.
It is important to understand that God is not absent from our physical or spiritual sufferings. He uses all things for our good and we should not despise those hard life experiences, nor should we give up. Paul and James challenge us to think the way God wants us to think. In the face of difficulties, we are to believe that God is lovingly using even the evil actions of people toward us to shape us into the image of his Son.
This is the clear truth of the Bible, but choosing to believe this will inevitably bring us to ask a very scary question. That is, who has the strength to walk through every day without stumbling physically, spiritually, or emotionally? Who prays as often and as sincerely as they should? Who has a mind that does not wander into sinful and wicked thoughts? Answer: No one.
The answer should not create fear in us, but rather anticipation because, when we are weak, He is strong. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might, He increases strength, and will do it according to His glorious might!