Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. – (Ephesians 6:10, HCSB)
To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and His great power. – (Ephesians 6:10, ERV)
Finally, brothers and sisters, draw your strength and might from God. – (Ephesians 6:10, VOICE)
Toward the end of Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus, he reminded them where their strength comes from. The same God that strengthened His people back then, is willing and able to do the same for us today. All that stands before us is nothing compared to He who is in us. This is not to discount the struggles and obstacles we face, but rather to remind us that nothing is too big for God. I don’t know about you, but this whole Covid season has felt like a series of mountains to climb and barriers to navigate. That being said, we are a week and a half away from April! Masks are optional, travel is open, and the whispers that life would not be in Covid mode forever are turning into conversations at a normal voice level. Though I am sure that few of us would ever want to navigate such a season again, each of us has stories to tell of how God provided His strength when we needed it most. He is faithful, and we can trust in Him. May we ever rely on the Lord to be our strength, for He is stronger than anything that we have ever and will ever face.
The Lord is our strength,
We need not let fear;
Take hold of our hearts,
For He’s ever near.
The mountains we face,
Are never too large;
Our God is greater,
If we give Him charge.
Invite Him to take,
His place on the throne;
As Lord of our lives,
In Him, strength is known.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that Your strength is far greater than any struggle or obstacle that we face. Thank You that You are faithful to meet us where we are, and lead us to where we need to go. Thank You that all things are possible with You. Forgive us for our fears and doubts when what lies before us seems too much. Teach us to trust in You, for You are greater than anything and everything that lies ahead. Lead us in Your love so that we might love those around us in ways that strengthen and encourage people in places where there is fear and feelings of defeat. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to be our strength, and trust You even when things seem impossible. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The Lord gives His people strength; the Lord blesses His people with peace. – Psalm 29:11