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Regaining My Strength

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Since my recent surgery, my physical strength has declined. I suppose that is a natural occurrence — something to be expected. However, one thing that I did not expect was the decline of my spiritual strength. Now, I could sit here and mull over any number of factors that lead to this decline, but the fact remains that it happened.

Nonetheless, our God remains faithful and full of mercy. So, in the same way that people will say to me, in passing, that I appear to be regaining more of my strength with each day — I feel the Lord strengthening me in the wake of what has been one of the more trying times in my life. I know it is from the Lord, and nothing or no one else. Tonight, as I read over Hebrews 13, I was reminded of that fact.

“…for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.” (Hebrews 13:9 ESV)

The emphasis there is my own. Grace, and grace alone, is the source of any strength in this life. The foods that I, you, we use to try and strengthen ourselves — be it, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, physically — are of no benefit to us. In fact, I would venture to say that nine times out of ten, they are detrimental to our lives and the lives of those around us.

So, in the same breath that the pastor-author of Hebrews warns against strange teaching, he also warns against food that does not benefit or satisfy our need for strength. What a timely warning in my own life and what an appropriate word for such a time as this. Everyone wants to be strong, or at the very least, they want to appear strong. May we, by grace, approach the throne of God and pray that He pours out, in mercy, a strengthening grace that is sufficient for today so that we may live a life pleasing to Him, one that glorifies Him alone.

That’s a strength I need so much more than I do my physical strength.

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Written by Andy

November 5, 2007 at 10:22 pm

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