6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
A call to all Christians – to be strong.
Many years ago there was a western, and the theme tune included the lines: ‘Brave courageous and bold…’, referring to the cowboy hero.
Suppose Paul The Apostle was leaving on a train, and he had to exhort us with a quick shout from the train window, wanting to communicate the secret to being a strong Christian, faithful to God and Our Redeemer.
What would he shout with so little time? What would he give us as a key to strength?
I believe it is found in the following scripture:
II Corinthians 12/10
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
“That ol’ steam train is pulling out Paul – you won’t even have time for a full verse – what can you tell us?”
For when I am weak, then I am strong.
God loves to strengthen the weak. But we all need to learn the restful waiting of weakness.
They that wait on The Lord – we are promised – shall renew their strength.
As someone once pointed out – ‘some only know the struggle of perfect weakness, whilst others know the rest of perfect weakness.’
Therein lies the secret. Weak, unable, feeling unspiritual, had enough, battered, worn out, discouraged…?
Expect that these conditions of weakness you are ‘fulfilling’ – will prime-the-well of God’s strength.
For when I am weak,…(condition met in your life?)
…then I am strong. (condition when God touches you).
Expect the power-of-His-might now – as you are fulfilling the condition necessary for God’s strength to triumph!
…for My strength is made perfect in weakness. (Saith The Lord!)