1. being strong: capacity for exertion or endurance
2. power to resist legal, logic or moral force
3. emotional qualities in dealing with stressful situations
4. intensity of a feeling or belief
In our society today, weakness is not something we strive to attain. Nobody wants to be seen as the weakest link, the last person to finish a race, the one who gives in to peer pressure too quickly, or the one who quickly sheds a tear. We do not want to look as though we are weak in any way. But isn’t it interesting that God says “when you are weak, you are strong”?
God views strengths and weaknesses in a completely different light than we do in our human minds. God knows that if we try to accomplish something in our own power and strength that eventually we will run dry. Although maybe for a time we can muster up enough strength, we still can’t be fueled by our own power forever. First Corinthians tells how God chose the weak in the world to shame the strong. He knows that by choosing us, weak and broken people, that He will be most glorified as He makes us strong. If we do things on our own, we want recognition and our sinful pride inflates, but when we know that it is all through Christ alone, then He receives all the glory and praise.
Life is hard. We can’t live it on our own. Temptations come our way that we can’t bear to withstand. Heartache happens that only breaks us to pieces.
People let us down.
Status quickly changes.
We are not made to walk through life alone and try to handle everything through our own power and strength. We are made to walk by his power. We are made to be weak in our flesh so that He is made strong in our spirit. We are made to make much of His Name, for his power is made perfect in weakness.
Worship the God of Strength and Power
God you are almighty, powerful, full of strength and might. You display your power in the heavens, on the earth, and in each of our lives. Thank you for the strength that you pour into our lives everyday. We know that we are in desperate need of your strength within us, and we pray we never forget that.
Scripture references for strength/strong
“the Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation” Ex 15:2
“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually” 1 Chron 16:11
“O Lord, my strength and my stronghold, my refuge in the day of trouble.” Jer 16:19
“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s.” Hab 3:19
“Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel.” Romans 16:25
“God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong.” 1 Cor 27
“my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9
“For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Cor 12:10
“he may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being” Eph 3:16
“that you… may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth” Eph 3:18
“finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” Eph 6:10
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
“May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might.” Col 1:11
“You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Tim 2:1
“will himself restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5:10
(all scripture references are ESV)
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