“But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
(2) When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” Isaiah 43:1-2
Hello everyone and welcome back to Sunday Inspiration! I am so glad that you are here with me today! My prayer is that you will find a connection with God today that will keep you standing strong, during the difficult times of your life.
You know…sometimes, we just can’t seem to find the strength to stand strong, while facing moments that just seem so overwhelming and out of control. The trials we face can make us feel, as if we are going to drown beneath the troubled waters of our circumstances.
I remember a time in my life, when I just struggled to get up and out of bed each morning. It seemed like each task for the day weakened me even more, along with the depression that was weighing me down at that moment. I remember begging God to help me because I was feeling as though I was about to go down for the last time. My strength was gone and the glimpse of hope that I once held tightly to, was now beginning to fade away, as the darkness began to overtake the path I was on.
As I looked deeply within myself, I began to feel as if I was being held up by two weak and broken down crutches, of hopelessness and fear. I could feel them giving way and I knew that I wasn’t making it. Somehow, I knew in my spirit; that I needed something stronger, to lift me up and keep me standing.
As I began to cry, until there were no more tears; God began to work. He began to show me that I needed a stronger pair of crutches to lean on…crutches that wouldn’t break and cause a destructive fall. From there, He began to show me that I needed one crutch that was filled with His power and one crutch that was filled with His strength. As I started to make the exchange with God, I began to experience a power and a new strength; that could keep me standing, during these difficult times in my life.
One thing I truly like about these verses, in our Bible reading today; is that they show what God is truly all about. No matter what we may walk through in life…with God’s strength, we can walk through it. I think that sometimes, we get caught up with the words… “I can’t,” until we finally come to believe those words and allow them to have control over our lives.
Today, we need to lean on the everlasting arms of God and allow Him to become a set of crutches that will keep us standing, during the difficult times. When our legs…arms and bodies are weak and tired, from the blows we receive, while facing a battle with evil; God will step in and be strength for us.
Through those tough times I faced, I came to see that once I let go of the old crutches and grabbed tightly to the everlasting arms of God’s power and strength; that is when I began to make it. Life wasn’t always easy but I found that I could walk through anything because of the powerful strength that had entered my whole being.
Today, you may be experiencing a moment, when you feel like all strength is gone and there isn’t even enough for one more step. Maybe it’s time to make an exchange with God…His strength for your weakness.
Blessings on your Sunday…
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About the Author
Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."