Strength

Strength
God of the Weary . . . March 2018
There are times in my life when I feel so weary that everything is too much. I don’t mean to the point of despair, but just that  the everyday walk through life is just a drag. I’m not a social being, an out-there do as much as I can in one day person. Those people make me tired, and a little envious at times wishing that I could be more like them. But I believe God makes us and moulds our lives as He has planned.
For many reasons throughout my life I have been a solitary person and I  believe that is exactly what God intended. He does want me to be part of a church and  socialise with other Christians, and I try very hard to do this, but we cannot all be the same, it would be boring. God’s purpose for my life requires a certain amount of solitary time.
Matthew 5:3 says “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew Henry says of this verse : “Those who are ‘weary and  heavy-laden’, are the poor in spirit, and they shall find rest with Christ.”
My daily strength is in knowing that God walks with me and goes before me always. I get to know Him more and more each day through reading His Word, even if it is only one verse that has captured my interest and that may apply to where I’m at with life. I have spent a lot of time reading books written by outstanding men and women of God. They inform me and encourage me in my walk with Him. Although this year I am concentrating on reading through the New Testament at least twice.
Walking with Jesus has changed my life. I know I would not be here now if it was not for God’s intervention in my life. All of the scriptures below have helped me often. However, recently, through reading  one of these books, I learned something in regards to Matthew 11:28-30. When oxen worked they were usually doubly yoked. A strong or lead ox would take the larger side and the younger, weaker ox  the opposite side. As they worked, the weaker ox would plough or track with the stronger ox, which bore the main part of the load.
When we are yoked with Christ, the burden is light because He is pulling the weight and making the way as the strong one. How beautiful is that!
"When doubts filled my mind, Your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." Psalm 94:19


God Gives Us Strength . . .
Ephesians 6:10 is our New Testament scripture that complements this one in Isaiah.
"Be strong in the Lord, and the power of His might."
We have the Holy Spirit to give us the ability to Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength, or power, of His might. If we are strong in the Lord, He is our strength and might, and we no longer need to do everything in our own strength.
Ephesians goes on to say, "And having done all TO STAND."
In other words, pray, and put your trust in God (Proverbs 3:4-5) to see you through a difficult situation; He will direct you as to what to do and will give you ideas to carry out to resolve the situation.
When all that can be done is done then, having done all, stand firm in your faith that God will act according to the power of His might.
That power raised Jesus from the dead. It can do ANYTHING.
1 Corinthians 16:13 says, "Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong."
The rest of Ephesians chapter 6 is worth a read, because it shows us what our weapons as christians are, and most importantly, that our fight is not with the lousy neighbour down the road but it is spiritual.
The rest of that chapter in Isaiah says, "Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary."
"Come to Me all who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28
"He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power."  Isaiah 40:29