The month of Septemeber will be the first month where I will deal with more that one subject. I will talk about strength and showing up. I believe they go together. Your strength comes from three places, God, you and others. This is like the accountability circle I talked about in August. God will always come first but this time you are second and others are last. The Bible has many scriptures that refer going to God for strength or he is our strength. I will use the scripture from Isaiah 40.29.
They define strength as the capacity of an object or substance to withstand great force or pressure:. This is a what we go through daily. Pressures that come in the form of marital issues, teen peer pressure, a bad health diagnosis, loss of a loved one, loss of a job you have worked at for years and the list could go on and on. The great force or pressures in our lives would take over us if it wasn’t for God’s strength, We would give up and check out. We wouldn’t get up in the morning, go to work or be there for our families. In verse 29 it says He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
God shows up to be a support system when it would seem we do not have one. He will assist us when we are faint. When we are drained of all of our strength. He gives us power. The ability to move forward even when we don’t want to. He allows us to move little by little. Grace and mercy are there following us so no one gets to close behind us to push us over the edge. Your might have left you but he will increase you. God will give the words, people and rest to make it through.
When my son passed I don’t know how I could handle that trauma. I was 20 and my son died at 2 years old on Thanksgiving day. I need God more than ever but instead; I rejected him. He hurt me. How could a loving God take my baby away? God didn’t get mad at me but strengthened me. He was keeping me when I did not want to be kept. He was directing my footsteps to my strong tower even when I did not know where I was going. I can say sometimes I lost my mind and if God had not place people where he did I would not have made it. His strength goes beyond our weakness and deals with pain. He is there saying “I got it let it go”. “I can heal it if you just let it go”.” I’m here”. “Rest my child”. 2 Corinthians 12:9 states “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” God let Apostle Paul know that no matter the situations he was there with him.
His strength is made perfect in weakness. My son death could have stopped me from living. I could have relived his death daily but God strengthened me. At my weak point, God’s grace was enough. Every second until I could make a minute he was there. Then the minute turned into minutes. The minutes turned until 5 minutes. From faith to faith. I wasn’t perfect but his strength was. Trust in the strength of God. It will get you through even when you don’t know how you are going to make it.