I get my strength from God. The scribes of the Bible have a great deal to say about strength.

The writers of Exodus assure us: “The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. (15:2)” as with the early Israelites, I also feel like I am in my personal desert and look to God for my strength.

Kind David writes: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore, my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. (Psalms 28:7)” in both scenes from the Bible, there is praise for the one God who triumphs over all trials that we face. I gratefully accept the strength that God gives me every day. Some days it is the only thing that keeps me going. I agree with Matthew when he reminds us that all things are possible when God dwells within. This is trust, not faith. I trust God never to leave me, never to lead me astray.

Finally, I am strengthened by the words of Timothy: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy: 1:7)” We are blessed and fortunate to live as God asks.

© Russell Kendall Carter

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