True and lasting strength
Diana Kerr

I feel sorry for anyone who others view as weak. Weak people get teased, overlooked for job promotions, and kicked off of reality TV shows. Weakness is hardly something we boast of; in fact, we often do everything we can to minimize our weaknesses. The world eagerly points us to all sorts of solutions—energy drinks, big muscles, powerful jobs, a fat bank account, or innovative medication. Yet we can’t truly rely on any of them. Your caffeinated beverage doesn’t care if it makes you “crash” with three hours of the workday still remaining.

This may be old news to you, but it bears repeating because we forget so easily: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). Did you notice that? God. You are not your source of strength. Your significant other is not your source of strength. Not even that irresistible home gym system you bought from TV is your source of strength (although I imagine youwould get physically stronger if you actually used it). None of these things are inherently bad—in fact, they can indeed be helpful—but they trick us into relying on a false sense of security.

We fall into the trap of relying on worldly fixes so easily. How many times do we need to hear that God is our strength before we start living as if we truly believe that is true?

Lean on the reliable strength of your God, who is there for you in any circumstance and available around the clock.


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