“Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, ‘I am strong!'” (Joel 3:10).
The Lord and I sometimes disagree. He says I am strong, but often I see only weakness.
He always gives me more credit than seems warranted when allowing difficulties to come my way that continually crush me under their weight. Yet . . . He keeps telling me that I am strong.
Our strength is puny, pathetic, pretty sad actually, but the Lord sees us standing with His strength, and rising up in His Name.
Circumstances may label us as weaklings, but the reality is that with the Lord holding us up, we are truly strong because of Him.
Last year has brought some crushing trials my way, one difficulty after another. The list is long and unbelievable. I have had years where even one or two challenges similar to this year’s trouble would be the norm, but troubles seem multiplied over the past year compared to previous ones.
“Crushing Weight” are the words that come to mind as I look back over 2015. But I also know that each time the Lord has delivered me out of my troubles.
If I must count the difficulties, so must I count the victories.
Perhaps you feel as if a crushing weight has landed on your shoulders, or perhaps lots of individual troubles have piled on until it seems a mountain rests upon your shoulders. If left to our own strength, our difficulties are indeed overwhelming,. But I remind you, as I remind myself, the Lord has delivered us, and will yet deliver us again.
When you are tempted to consider your weakness, instead add in the Lord’s all-sufficient power and provision for your circumstances.
Prayer: Dear Lord, lift our burdens, and remind us of Your past victories in our current circumstances. Amen.
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is grateful that the Lord has delivered him from his troubles time and time again.
Do you feel weak and overwhelmed by your challenges? Ask the Lord to give you strength to get you beyond your circumstances.
This is Capital Kings singing “Into Your Arms.” It reminded me of how we can so often and easily feel like collapsing under the weight of what God is allowing into our lives and we really have no choice but to go to His arms and let Him shoulder the weight. -Lisa