Sometimes, what you need in the face of trying times and disappointments is to know your God and to carefully remember that He is indeed the source of your strength. Many have their strength in themselves, in the people that surround them and others in the things and the positions they have acquired in life. But what happens when you fail yourself, what happens when the people around you fail you, or what if the positions and things you have acquired fail you?
Daniel 11:32, “but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits”.
This reminds me of Samson. You know his strength was never really in his hair? It was actually in God. It was God who strengthened him by His Spirit to fight the way he did and to do the things he could do all for His purpose, which was the destruction of the Philistines who were then afflicting the children of Israel. When Delilah shaved his hair, he didn’t just lose his hair, God also departed from him. His hair was only a sign of his commitment to God, to being a Nazarite and when it was gone, God too was gone.
“And she said, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him.”
Irrespective of where or in what your strength has been, you can change it to God who never really fails. Even when we think He has failed, He hasn’t. Most at times, like Samson, it is with us the real problem lies. We may have probably sent Him away with something we do or are currently doing. He never forces Himself to remain where He thinks He is not needed.
And also, irrespective of what has happened or has not yet happened, our strength in Him can be renewed. Has the situation become too difficult to handle, are you at your breaking point? He can step right into the driver’s seat if only you let Him. Isaiah 40:29-30: “He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”.
Samson prayed to God to renew his strength when he finally realised that his strength was in Him. Judges 16:28, “And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes”. And God heard his prayer and strengthened him.
As you go into the new week, be strengthened to do mighty exploits in Jesus name. Amen.
Have a week full of exploits!
Happy new month. Cheers!