Have you ever been through a season of testing that felt like it would never end, a time when one thing after another kept happening until you lost your strength to fight, to pray, to cry? These are the seasons of life that make us understand just how vulnerable we are.
Being vulnerable is one of the things that makes us beautiful, and it’s the only way to grow in God’s strength, not our own.
I went through one such season when life was happening so fast and so hard with so many blows that I lost all emotion.
I felt hopeless, like I could not fight anymore. I could not whisper any other prayer but “Lord help me.”
I ran out of tears and I felt like I ran out of faith too. It took His supernatural strength for me to keep myself together so I could continue to do the things that were required of me each day. I had to stand on what I knew to be true about the Lord. I stood on the Word of God, my relationship with Him and our history together. Weak and shaken, fearing my future, I continued to get up and show up for life when some people may have wondered why I would not just quit. But I trusted God’s word which says, “Strength and honor are her clothing, she shall rejoice in time to come,” Proverbs 31:25
The only way to know how strong you really are is to be put in a position of weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” What you think you cannot bear is bearable in Christ. What you think you cannot do or live through is doable in Him. When you cannot go on, Jesus will carry you through.
I can testify that when you are at your weakest the Lord’s strength is made perfect and you become stronger in Him. Leaning into His strength is how you continue to be faithful to God, your family, you calling, your relationships and your job during seasons when you feel like giving up. And, they will come, but they will also go.
There is a scripture that says, “As your days, so shall your strength be,” Deuteronomy 33:25.
These words were my daily bread during those times, and they still are. Looking back I see the grace of God in the strength He gave me to make it through some of my worst days. I became stronger because I did not give up. Every day His strength increased in me.
Joy is strength.
Beloved, if you learn to trust the Lord when you go through life’s tough times you will be able to look at any circumstances and rejoice knowing that God is with you and will continue to be with you every step of your way. Then His joy which is a fruit of the Spirit, and much better than happiness that can change with outward conditions, will grow in you and become your strength.