"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might." Ephesians 6:10 ESV
On a bookshelf in our house is a much loved and somewhat tattered copy on The Beginners Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories, that Janice and I gave to Kirk on the second anniversary of his coming to live with us. At bedtime, we would always read the boys’ stories from this book. A favorite story was of Sampson, a man of physically imposing presence. In times of weakness, he would call on God for strength, and through God's power, do amazing things. Sampson was a pretty flawed individual who made questionable choices, but he never lost his faith in what he could do through God. (Judges Chapters 13-16)
In life, we experience times when it is difficult for us to see the way ahead. We can feel weakened, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We may feel especially challenged to be strong in the Lord. But like Sampson in our discourage state, we can call on the Lord for strength, and he will deliver us. We can find assurance in the words of the psalmist, "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth." (Psalm 121:1-2)
Precious and compassionate God, you are the source of our strength. We come to you in humility, recognizing that we are flawed and frail; it is only in you that we are made strong. We ask forgiveness for the time when we have a false sense of our strength, attempting to do things by ourselves and falling flat. Please empower us this day to face what may come and share the power that comes in you with others. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.