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.

A Worthwhile Investment

“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” –Isaiah 55:2 (NIV)

None of us would waste money on that which is of no benefit to us. We have been taught to conserve our energy and resources for something that is worthwhile and in our best interests in the long run. Whether it is what we eat or the career path we choose to take, we want to be wise in our decisions and make the right choice so that we may live healthy lives and that nothing be done in vain. But though we desire this, we often fall short of them. How often do we frivolously spend our time, money, and energy on that which is corrupt and depraved? How often do we worry and lose sleep obsessing over our careers and plans. Though we think that these will give us satisfaction, they only provide an illusory contentment that will give way to grief and misery.

There is only one way through which we can find true and lasting satisfaction. Man was designed for a relationship with God so that we may dwell in His eternal and unfailing love. However, because of our sinful nature gained as a result of Adam’s disobedience against God, the relationship we formerly shared with Him has been severed. But God does not wish for it to be like this. For this reason He sent Jesus so that through His death and resurrection we may have the hope of being freed from our sin so that we may enter into a relationship with God and bear witness to His goodness. When we allow Christ’s Spirit to enter our hearts and carry out His work of restoration in our lives, we will find joy and peace that nothing on this Earth can match. Investing all that we have by surrendering ourselves to Him, we will find it more than worthwhile as Christ fulfils His perfect will for our lives. He will prove to us His love and faithfulness and by His Spirit give us a lasting satisfaction that will remain constant regardless of our circumstances.

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.

Maintaining Your Health

“For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” -1 Timothy 4:8 (NIV)

We live in a very health conscious age. Studies are always being published on how eating certain foods or doing certain exercise regimens can benefit our physical well-being. Perhaps out of fear that we can lose our vitality and develop health problems, we are careful about what we eat and we make sure that we get plenty of exercise. Are these things wrong? Of course not! God has called us to be good stewards of our bodies He has given us. However, the unquestionable fact of life is that we are mortal and destined to face a physical death. One day, our physical bodies will become no more than bones buried in the ground, and we will come face to face with God Himself. When that moment comes, what will we say before Him?

God does not look at the external. Rather, His focus is on our hearts. Though our physical bodies may look healthy on the surface, God is not fooled and He sees the rotten state of our hearts as a result of being under the grip of sin. Due to His holy nature, God cannot tolerate sin and our sinful nature has caused us to be separated from Him. But God, in His love, does not want to see sin carry out its destructive work in our lives. He wants to restore us so that we may have life through being in relationship with Him. That is why He sent Jesus Christ so that by His death and resurrection, sin’s hold over us may be broken and we are reconciled to God. When we allow Christ’s Spirit to work in our lives and submit ourselves to Him, He will train us in His righteousness for the well-being of our souls. Remaining obedient to Christ and permitting Him to enable us to live according to His standards and perfect will, we will be strengthened to face our fallen world and shine for Him; knowing that we have the promise of joy and hope both in this life and into eternity.

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.