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Strength in the struggle

‘I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10 ESV

When we’ve been walking through a tough time for a while, we can sometimes feel like our strength is fading away. We become tired and weary of hoping for change. Our faith begins to waver. It’s in these times that we need to draw closer to God. That might feel like the last thing we want to do if we’re wondering why God hasn’t brought us out of the struggle yet, but it’s the best thing we can do. It’s God who can provide the strength we need to keep going until we see breakthrough. The Bible tells us many times that God’s our strength. The psalmist wrote, ‘God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46:1 ESV). God’s strength is something we’re promised. God says: ‘I will strengthen you, I will help you.’ It’s a definite. When we feel overwhelmed by the circumstances in our lives, we can go to God and find rest. We can spend time in His presence, reading His Word, giving Him our burdens. He walks every step with us, strengthening us and encouraging us to keep going, even when it seems unbearably tough. Paul said: ‘We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God…And he did rescue us…We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us’ (2 Corinthians 1:8-10 NLT). Instead of trying to escape our situations, we need to seek God. He’ll give us the strength we need to keep going through the struggle. What Now? If you’re going through a hard time, try saying ‘God will strengthen me and help me’ out loud, every time you’re struggling to keep going. Luke 9:18-36 , Psalm 51-53


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