Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – (1 Chronicles 16:11, NIV
Depend on the Lord for strength. Always go to Him for help. – (1 Chronicles 16:11, ERV)
Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him. – (1 Chronicles 16:11, NLT)
The stretch between Christmas break and Spring break always seem extraordinarily long. Despite the disruption to our schedule with a handful of snow days, this portion of the school year still feels like a marathon. Between the ridiculously full moon and the unseasonably warm weather, the energy and struggle to focus feel like an epidemic in the classroom. Student frustration is increasing, as the rigor and demand of the work is becoming more challenging than before. This is the space where I am ever aware of the limitations of my own strength, and recognize the need for the Lord’s. I appreciate the various translations of this verse, as they remind me that I need to look for and depend on the Lord for His strength, and ever seek His face. He provides what I am lacking, as I place my trust in Him. May we ever look to the Lord and depend on Him, as He is our source of strength as we seek Him.
Let’s look to the Lord,
And choose seek His face;
Depend on His strength,
Granted by His grace.
Ever keep searching,
In spaces of need;
Go to God for help,
Allow Him take lead.
God in His leading,
All strength He supplies;
To keep pressing on,
Our Source realized.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your faithfulness to meet us as we seek You. Thank You that You supply the strength we lack to press forward in all that we are called to do. Forgive us for not searching for You in the struggle. Teach us to turn to You in all things and at all times. Show us how to love those around us in a way that extends Your help, compassion and strength where it is lacking. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You and depend on You to be our strength; always. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord gives His people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace. – Psalm 29:11