Good morning! Hope this finds you well. I’m anxious to tell you about our weekend but it will have to wait...today is a busy day! (I can tell you it involved a weekend trip to South Carolina to see our boy!) In the meantime, I wanted to share this short but impacting message I received this morning from one of my favorite devotional writers…Jon Walker of Grace Creates.
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
~ Psalm 46:1 (NIV)
God is our strength; he does not give us strength.
In other words, he doesn’t take our tattered strength and prop it up with support beams and steel cable. Instead, he moves into our weakness and he is strong.
Where we are weak, there he is strong.
My friend Steve Pettit tells an amusing story related to this. The storied missionary to China, Bertha Smith, came to speak before his small Kentucky congregation. She sat down with several people to pray, and when one young man said, “Lord, I just need strength; please give me strength,” blessed Bertha looked up and said, “Young man, God does not give us strength. He is our strength. Now pray it right.”
You can take away from that either a gladness that you never voiced a public prayer in front of the late Miss Smith, or a desire that there be more prayer warriors ready to teach us how to get it right when it comes to understanding Jesus working within us.
You, my friend, could be one of those teachers. Do you believe God can make you so? Your answer to this question reveals where the blockage is because God wants to transform you into a mother of the faith, or a father of the faith.
God believes in you, but he’s waiting for you to let him be your strength. I can’t, but God can.
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