It’s OK to recognize our weakness, but God’s strength in us leaves no room for excuse. Be strong now for we are not weak in Him. In Him, we are exceedingly able.
My First Climb | Be Strong Now
I remember the first time I went climbing. Scared stiff, it took a lot of coaxing before I scaled more than two feet up the rock face. After all, I had a lot of “reasons” to stay on the ground:
- “I’m not sure I’m strong enough to support my weight for that long.”
- This rock face is TOO high! Can’t we start with something a little easier?
- What happens if:
- The anchor gives way? (My phobia kicking in).
- We get halfway up and can’t go any farther?
And those are just a few that I remember.
I also remember what my friend said in response,
Dusty, I’m going with you. You are not alone. I’ve been here before. You can do this with my help. I am going to make sure you succeed. Trust me.
And with that, we began climbing. I never looked back. I loved it!
Daniel’s Experience | Be Strong Now
In response to his prayers, a vision of a man ‘visited’ Daniel. It terrified him! He just knew he could not handle it. Fear held him so tight he could hardly breathe! He didn’t know what would happen.
Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.”
Daniel 10:16-17, NIV
The vision, a messenger from God, touched Daniel and gave him strength.
Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”
When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.”
Daniel 10:18-19, NIV
Daniel immediately knew the power that filled him. It was not his own. His human nature and ability posed no limitations upon it.
He recognized the source. Once he did, Daniel responded by making himself available to listen and to serve.
Be Strong Now
Today, God is speaking to each of us. He is telling us to be strong. God empowers us. He declares:
I’m going with you. You are not alone. I’ve been here before. You can do this with my help and strength. I am going to make sure you succeed. Trust me.
The question is, will we trust Him? Will we allow His strength to fill us and move us?
“Peace! Be strong now; be strong.”
Will we respond to Him and serve Him since He is the one who empowers us?
Have you ever done something that initially terrified you? What gave you the strength to do it?Reset