Allergy season is here and with it comes fatigue and congestion. I don’t get too congested but I certainly get tired. Yesterday the enemy was whispering in my ears that I had run out of energy and I might as well give up and stay home. I obviously didn’t like what I heard and I responded to it. I said that my strength was in the Lord. He is the power behind me. He is my strength and my stronghold and I can do all things through Him. It put the enemy back in his place and it allowed me to focus on my strength and not on the weaknesses I was experiencing. God is our strength. He gives us strength and He enables us to do more than we could imagine. I tapped into His power and I stood tall. I refused to give in to those negative thoughts. I also said to myself that the Lord had gotten me out of worse situations and this fatigue was not going to interrupt my day. I interrupted the fatigue with a prayer and with praise. I was able to do all I had to do and I did it with gusto. You see, when you pray to the Lord and you know He is your strength, He will give you what you need and more. I had a lot more energy than I thought I would have yesterday and it turned out to be a phenomenal day. Every day with the Lord is awesome but when something goes wrong and He comes through, it makes you realize even more how great He is. I made it thanks to Him. I rose above my circumstances. I had very little energy when I woke up but He gave me so much strength that I completely forgot how tired I had been when I first woke up.
God’s power makes us forget how weak we are and how terrible things were. God replaces our weakness with His strength and our bad memories with His joy. Did I have joy yesterday? Absolutely! There were times during the day when the opposition tried to remind me that I was the victim of those allergies. We have to be alert and recognize when the enemy tries to slip into our minds and into our situations. I kicked him out again with a strong “ Hallelujah! Praise the Lord.” If I have to tell myself 90 times a day that God is my strength, I do it. I don’t get tired of saying it. I don’t get tired of remembering it. It is when I let that go and I don’t say it that I get in trouble. I get in trouble by thinking that I have to do it all on my own and in my own strength. That is such a lie. God is our backup generator but He is also our main source of power. At least He should be. He should be the power that keeps us going and not the second resort we turn to when things are bad. Will you ever run out of energy? Yes, that is a given but you can also find rest in the Lord. I love how God gives us rest so we can recharge our batteries. He has an unlimited supply of energy and power but we can’t hold on to it all the time because of our human nature. God is not human and He can watch over us and give us all the power we need to make it through any circumstance.
God is not only our strength but He is also our refuge and He is there all the time. He is “the ever-present help in trouble.” The presence of trouble doesn’t mean the absence of God. It took me a long time to learn that but I am getting better at seeing that truth in my life. Because you are suffering or you are going through a difficult time doesn’t mean that God is not powerful and that He is not your strength. In times of trouble we should call on Him. We should call on our Strength and rely on His ability to help us and to assist us. He is the God of more than enough so He is the strength that is more than enough. His power, His strength don’t stop and they never go away. If you are having a weak moment today, lean on your Strength. Lean on Jesus. Lean on the Lord. You are not weak when you have Him in your life. Don’t buy that lie. Don’t believe that. Stand up and start walking. Stand up and keep going. The Lord, your Strength is walking with you. You are going to go places and you are going to overcome what’s trying to overcome you. You won’t be defeated. God is your strength and there is nothing He can’t do for you. Stay in faith. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 46:1-3; Proverbs 18:10; 1 Chronicles 16:11