This life is not for sissies! Make no mistake about it–life if hard. Challenges come in every form and from every angle. Knowing this fact helps me to realize that I need to prepare for the challenges of life. The question is, “How should I prepare?” I know of two possible ways, two courses I can take. One, I can just get tough. Be mentally strong. Show some intestinal fortitude. Make John Wayne proud. Secondly, I can be strong, but realize that my strength is in the Lord, in His might power, and not my own.
I’m learning in life that my strength is not strong enough. I can scale some walls that lie before me, but there are others that are unscalable in my own strength. I can endure for some long, dark nights of the soul, but then there are those nights that are so long and so dark that they outdistance my ability to to endure. In Him, I am able. What I am unable to do, He is more than capable of doing. The Apostle Paul wrote about his own weaknesses by saying, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV)
The more I become aware of my inability, the more cognizant I become of His ability. The more I become aware of my weakness, the more I can recognize His strength. This life is not for sissies, but that doesn’t mean that those who are mentally or emotionally strong will fare any better than anyone else. If I will choose to rely upon the Lord today, to rest in His strength today, then I will be able to meet every challenge, rise to meet each obstacle, by His mighty power.
My prayer today, Lord, is that I will sink my heart and soul into learning more about Your might power so that I will rely upon You for every challenge that comes my way.