Needing strength

I Samuel 30:6     David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.

Sitting in a hospital room, after the car crash of my son & girlfriend, I began to realize how drawn I was to God’s word.  I knew my son & his girlfriend had a long road to recovery.  I sat & read devotionals & studied my Bible.  I firmly believed I was gearing up for the ride of my life.  My 17 year old son was coming back to live with me.  He had been out of church for 2 years.  During that time, his life had been filled with those who had been less than good examples to him. I knew he would be hard to handle.  Probably pretty resentful for awhile, too.  I had my work cut out for me.  However, I knew with God’s strength & with His hand over me, that I could do anything. (Philipians 4:13)

Christ frequently drew nigh to God for strength.  After being tempted by Satan, angels came & ministered to Him. (Matthew 4:11)  In the garden of Gethsemane He prayed to God- “..not as I will but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39) When Lazarus died, Jesus went to his tomb.  In John 11, He lifted up His eyes and said,

v.41 “Father, I thank you that you have heard me & I know you always hear me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe you sent me.”

Jesus would not have prayed this if He did not believe God would come in & make believers out of these folks BY HIS POWER.  Jesus knew the answer to His issues was receiving strength from God to endure.  Shouldn’t we have the same faith? Just as Christ taught by example, we should draw near to Jesus for strength & He will draw near to us. (James 4:8)


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