Oh my goodness!! Our heavenly Father has rolled up His sleeves. He is at work. He is not sleeping. He isn’t tired. He is on the job. Everyone can see this. His muscles are bulging out, ready to help me.
What an image this creates for me. As I come into His presence, I can see He is ready. His sleeves are rolled up. This creates the desire in me to “Give thanks in all circumstances” because I see He is ready.
Woo Hoo!!! Our heavenly Father has rolled up His sleeves.
Boom it out, ruins of Jerusalem: “God has comforted his people! He’s redeemed Jerusalem!” God has rolled up his sleeves. All the nations can see his holy, muscled arm. Everyone, from one end of the earth to the other, sees him at work, doing his salvation work. Isaiah 52
We are born. And then, some of us are born again. We have a new life. We are strong enough to live it. And live it we will.
May I recognize it is all about Him. May I seize a hold of His strength. May I know that is all I need.
You were given this new life in God. With Him, you are strong enough to live it.
This is a challenge in a world where we are encouraged at every turn to “self confident”. It is considered a strength. In God’s world (Kingdom) it is not a strength. Our confidence should be in God. It is His strengths that are important.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10
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As I get older, I want to be like Caleb. He was one of the 12 Moses selected to go into the Promised Land to see what it was like. Only he and Joshua thought they could conquer their enemies. The other 10 didn’t believe God and his promise. That resulted in Israel wondering around in the desert for 40 years.
So, fast forward. Eventually Joshua leads them all into the Promised Land. They fight for 5 years. Caleb comes to Joshua one day and says “I was forty years old when Moses the servant of the LORD sent me from Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. And I brought him back a report according to my convictions, but my fellow Israelites who went up with me made the hearts of the people melt in fear. I, however, followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly. So on that day Moses swore to me, ‘The land on which your feet have walked will be your inheritance and that of your children forever, because you have followed the LORD my God wholeheartedly.”
Caleb remember what God had told him. He held onto it for 45 years. He never wavered. So he continues his conversation with Joshua: “So here I am today, eighty-five years old! I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then. Now give me this hill country that the LORD promised me that day. You yourself heard then that the Anakites were there and their cities were large and fortified, but, the LORD helping me, I will drive them out just as he said.”
At 85 he wants to go and fight some more. He is strong and vigorous. He is ready to go at it. He wants what God promised him and he won’t stop until he gets it.
So … I want to be like Caleb.
He is strengthening me. I don’t feel it right now but I know it is true. There is nothing impossible with Him.
He is strengthening me.
“It is the characteristic excellence of the strong man that he can bring momentous issues to the fore and make a decision about them.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Some things are amazingly simple with God. Here is one of them. God is strong. Nothing weak about him at all. Like the energizer bunny he just keeps going and going. He is always strong. He never sleeps. He doesn’t grow tired. He has always been strong and always will be.
His desire for us is that we will always be strong as well. He sent Jesus to die for us and to share in the power of His ressurection. He gave His mighty Spirit so we could be strong. He has given us all the weapons we need to be victorious.
God is strong, and he wants you strong. Ephesians 6:10
May we always be strong, just as He is.