To be strong, biblically speaking, is to be courageous, valiant, established, firm, and/or encouraged. Our Bible hero, David, ‘strengthened himself’ many times throughout the Bible. This isn’t something he could rely on himself for. This is reliance on God’s word for strength and wisdom. Without God, we basically would have no success in obtaining this strength at all.
1 Samuel 30:6 says, “Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.”
David was distressed. Maybe more so than any of us could relate to, however, we all understand to our own degree was it feels like to be distressed, or anxious and sorrowful over something.
David’s faith sustained him, or provided strength, as he endured difficulty. David gained the confidence and energy he needed to defeat Israel. He was rewarded as God had promised. Of course, David continued to face difficulties throughout his reign but each time, we see him turning to God – relying on the word that God had given him.
Joshua tells us “to be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Ch 1 vs 9. The verse before that, however, says to ‘meditate’ on the law. They were encouraged with the reminder that IF you continue to remember and recite the law, then you will be able to rely on God’s strength.
We are reminded numerous times in the new testament as well that we, too, need to continuously be in the Word, meditating on it and giving ourselves to the teachings of it. (1 Tim 4:14-16) We find strength in the Lord, just as David did. Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” Paul, too, reminds us that he felt weak in times and was strengthened through Christ. 2 Cor 12:9-10
I want this confidence. I am sure you do also.
We are at war with the world. We are distressed and worn down so much in our lives. There is pain and sorrow that depletes each one of us. We can try to find strength on our own through earthy means but we will never obtain the victory that way. God promises us victory but we have to apply ourselves to His word. We have to be equipped. Feed ourselves with His Word. Put on the armor each and every day. That is the only strength we can be sure of.
Then and only then can we be like Paul in 2 Corinthians 12, and ‘delight in our weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, and difficulties. For when we are weak, we, too, can be strong.’ We can boast in our infirmities because Jesus’ grace and strength will be sufficient.
If you are struggling with finding strength in your distressed situation, let me encourage you to pick up your Bible and research what it tells us about it. We have hope through Him, we just have to remain IN HIM. If you need more encouragement, visit your local Church of Christ and ask for prayers or a Bible study. You will be so thankful and so uplifted doing so.
May love and grace be with us all today.