I grew up with a wonderful sister, three years younger than I. However, I didn’t always think of her as wonderful. In fact, especially during our pre-teen years, we fought a lot. Looking back, I’m really not sure of the reasons for our fights. I just know that they happened. Like most young siblings, we would argue and yell and scream and tattle and complain. And, on occasion, the arguing would turn into something more: a physical altercation. Yes, I admit, there were a few times when my sister and I would try to physically hurt each other out of frustration and pride. But this happened very rarely — on account of one thing. Even though I was the oldest, I learned very quickly that I was not the strongest. My sister’s threats of “punching me in the spine” sent me running the other way because I knew for certain that I could not come close to overpowering her.
Just in case you are getting a bit concerned, don’t worry! My sister and I never really hurt each other, and, as we grew older, we became best friends. But I still remember the feeling of weakness, even though I, as the oldest, should have been the strong one. And sometimes, in all areas of life, I still think that I’m supposed to be the strong one.
I struggle with weakness.
Physical weakness. Emotional weakness. Spiritual weakness. Mental weakness. This frustrates me to no end because, in my pride, I believe that I should be able to do anything in my own strength without asking for help. I’ve come to accept my physical weaknesses much more easily than my other weaknesses. I don’t mind asking my husband to do the heavy lifting or my sister to reach the items on the top shelf. But my other weaknesses — How many times must God remind me that I cannot do it myself?
So, I must confess, to myself and to God, I am weak. I’ve cried so many times recently — Oh, God, I’m not strong enough. I don’t know what to do. I can’t handle this. —- And it is as though God softly answers, “Be of good courage. Your strength is not in you. Indeed, you do not need to be strong, for in your weakness, My glory and My strength is made known.”
My strength is in the Lord.
Many Bible verses have come to mind regarding this topic of strength. For example, Isaiah 40:31 says,
But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Furthermore, in II Corinthians 12:9, the Lord declares,
…My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness…”
But, apart from these verses, one verse in particular has stood out to me, of late.
Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.” — Psalm 31:24
Oh, how this verse has wrapped my spirit in comfort over the past few months. So, I have embraced it, claiming it as my personal motto. I’ve used it to define this period of time in my life. And, recently, I’ve even made this verse into a piece of décor for our living room, serving as a permanent reminder of God’s promise to give me strength, even when I feel like strength is impossible.
If you would like a similar reminder of God’s promise, you may order a wall decal of your own from my Etsy shop, ElizaGraceArtistry. Or, if you are the crafty type and would like to create your own, you can download the SVG and PNG cut file for free below.
Most of all, I want to encourage you… If you are feeling weak, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Weakness provides an opportunity to trust in Him more. Trust God, as He promises strength when you are of good courage and hope in Him.
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