A Heavenly Strength

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” –Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV)

Human life is fragile, and our mortal bodies are prone to damage and decay. We may have strong legs to run great distances, or have strong arms to work in the most adverse of conditions. But these could easily grow weak over the course of time, or may be made ineffective prematurely through accidents or sickness. Perhaps we may boast of having a mind as sharp as knives, with which we can think and reason with sound judgement. However, even our minds can be dulled and lose the brilliance we cherished. Knowing these things, it would seem to be foolish to trust in ourselves for strength and in anything found in this fleeting world. Yet too often we become misguided; placing our source of strength and confidence in the impermanent things of this world so that we may be devastated when their hour comes to vanish.

Where then can we find that strength which will never leave us? As we encounter disappointments and suffering, we want to have that strength which will last us through every situation. However, we will never be able to find it in this world for all things under the Earth are destined to pass away. If our source of strength and confidence is in our capacities and abilities, or in those of others, we have placed our trust in weak foundations. But when we have placed our trust in God, we are assured of finding hope in Him. When we have allowed Christ to enter our hearts and through Him dwell in relationship with God, He will prove Himself to be our eternal source of strength. By walking with Him and holding His hand, we will be able pass through our circumstances knowing that God is the one who sustains us and empowers us to do what He has called us to do. A lasting strength is only found when we find ourselves standing firm and secure in Christ and in the promise that He will raise us up so that His perfect plan for our lives may be fulfilled.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.