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Daily Devotional: Strength [Oct. 12th, 2006|04:46 pm]
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2 Samuel 22:32-40 (NASB)

 

For who is God, besides the LORD? And who is a rock, besides our God?  God is my strong fortress; And He sets the blameless in His way. He makes my feet like hinds' {feet,} And sets me on my high places.

 

He trains my hands for battle, So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  You have also given me the shield of Your salvation, And Your help makes me great.  You enlarge my steps under me, And my feet have not slipped. 

 

I pursued my enemies and destroyed them, And I did not turn back until they were consumed.  And I have devoured them and shattered them, so that they did not rise; And they fell under my feet. 

 

For You have girded me with strength for battle; You have subdued under me those who rose up against me.  

 

 

 

I like to use the website www.blueletterbible.com.   You can do word searches to find a specific verse, or to find all the verses that contain a specific word or theme.  There are also a ton of translations available for each verse, commentaries on verses and passages – and much, much more.

 

Today I decided to write about strength because I need some!  I need the strength to do the right thing instead of acting on my emotions.  So I looked up strength on the website, and as I was skimming the all the verses that mention “strength”, I noted that almost all of them refer to the strength of a specific person.

 

David?  Abraham?  Maybe Goliath or Sampson?

 

No – the Bible repeatedly refers to God’s strength.  His strength that is given to us to get through this hard life.

 

It look me a long time to understand that God had strength to hand out.  I thought I had to do everything on my own, simply using God, Jesus, the Bible as a guide.  I’d heard the name Holy Spirit used in prayers, but as for what the Holy Spirit was to do in my life, I’d never even considered it.

 

And for a long time, I was able to do everything on my own.  At least I thought I was.  A couple years ago, though, I found myself in a situation that even I couldn’t fix.  This was so unusual!  I am Miss Fix-It!  But there was no doubt – I had no power to change what was happening in my life.

 

I began learning about letting God make changes in my life – changes in my relationship with him, changes in my every day life, and changes in those around me.  It was amazing to see . . . but it was very hard to do in the beginning.  Sit back and trust God to take care of things without my help?  Please!

 

I believe that one of the reasons God allowed my life to get to the very messed up point that it did, was to get me to submit to him and rely on HIS strength, HIS intellect, HIS resources, HIS ability to bring forth life from something that was dead.  For a long time, I didn't really even believe he was capable of solving this problem.  Because *I* couldn't see a solution, there must not be one, right?  One day I was reading Job and I came across the passage where God is asking Job all these questions like "Am I not the one who created the earth and the galaxies?  Am I not the one who gave you life?"  And suddenly it hit me -- I absolutely believed God had the ability to create all these amazing things -- so why couldn't he also be strong enough to handle my situation?  He was!

 

It was a scary step to take . . . pulling my hands back from the situation and leaving it alone for God to work in – but I am so thankful that I did.  God showed his strength in a way I’d never personally seen before – the sort of strength and power I’d only heard about in testimonies or in Biblical miracles.

 

I encourage you – if you find yourself in a situation where you just can’t seem to make a change – seek God and see if you need to step back and rely on his strength for a while. 

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[User Picture]From: china_lizard
2006-10-12 10:25 pm (UTC)
*sits up and takes notice*

if you don't mind me asking, what happened?
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[User Picture]From: adr0ck
2006-10-13 08:35 pm (UTC)
i'm not going to go into full detail, but it was a big crisis in my marriage. my husband and i were going to be getting divorced . . . i hadn't valued my marriage for years and when i finally woke up & saw how important it was, and how important my husband was, he had detached himself from me and wanted out. it's been almost 3 years since my husband decided he wanted a divorce . . . almost 2 years since he changed his mind and was willing to try to work it out . . . and about 1 year since he REALLY decided that our marriage was what he wanted and things have taken off from there.

the entire time god was changing both of us but it has been a hard journey with many bumps & disappointments & doubts . . . as well as many improvements and revelations and miracles.
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[User Picture]From: china_lizard
2006-10-13 09:17 pm (UTC)
Wow...that's inspiring! I really admire you guys for sticking it through; very few couples manage to do that these days.

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[User Picture]From: adr0ck
2006-10-13 08:37 pm (UTC)
and i probably don't have to say this, but i definitely didn't have the strength to go through this on my own. god gave me his own strength to get through it all. i wanted very much to try & fix it on my own but i messed up so many times & had to learn to depend on him even if it took much longer than i wanted.
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