Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
I ran a race over the weekend that I had not properly trained for, and man am I feeling it now! Every muscle hurts! But this got me thinking about the ways that God strengthens.
Sometimes God gives supernatural one-off strength. For example, the return of Samson’s physical strength right before he died (Judges 16), or the disciples sudden and temporary ability to speak languages they’d never learnt (Acts 2).
But more often He builds strength in us through day-by-day relationship. Brick by brick. Just like good physical training requires repetitive exercise and slow muscle build-up. I think of Peter, who followed Jesus and went from impulsive immaturity to the rock on which the church was built. He was able to do all things through God who strengthened him, but it took time – daily small decisions, daily exercising of his faith, growing from his mistakes, walking with God. Brick by brick.
Lord, please help me be patient! To trust that as I’m walking with you each day, I am growing to be more like you. When the end comes may I finish strong in You, not exhausted by a race I wasn’t prepared for. Amen
Written by Rhiannon Mellor