Getting Strong Without Steroids
“Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
In recent years, we have all seen the highly publicized stories of superstar athletes who have been caught using steroids and thus have had to forfeit awards and endured public scorn. Steroids have been used by people over the years to grow strong at a very quick rate and to gain advantage over others. The real truth is that there is no shortcut to getting strong physically. To do so, requires discipline, commitment, and long hours of hard work.
The same principle holds true for us spiritually. There are no shortcuts to growing spiritually. As 1 Chronicles 16:11 says above, we are to continually, or throughout our lives, seek the Lord and His strength. If we are to be strong in the Lord, this is a process that will never end as long as we live on this earth. As we seek Him, I am convinced that God will change our hearts, our perspective, and our view of where our real strength comes from. Let me share with you some of the benefits of finding our strength in the Lord.
First, I believe that the real source of strength for our lives comes from developing an intimate relationship with God. This relationship will provide us with real joy that many times is missing from our daily lives. Nehemiah 8:10 tells us that “the joy of the Lord is your strength!” I am sure that each of us would love to have this type of abiding joy that permeates our lives regardless of the circumstances that come our way.
Next, God promises in Isaiah 40:29 that He will give “power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” In other words, we face so many situations that seem so far beyond our own power and in those times God promises to give us the strength to face whatever challenge may be upon us.
Finally, I saved the best part of finding our strength in the Lord until the last. In 2 Samuel 22:30 the Bible tells us that “In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall.” With God, there is nothing that is impossible. We do not have to rely any longer on what we alone can do. The circumstances of life do not have to win or control us.
I love the phrase that “with my God I can scale any wall.” This reminds me that there is no dream or goal that is too big for our God. There is no hope or aspiration that is beyond what our God can do as long as it is His will for our lives. This is indeed a strength that is beyond what any human effort can ever produce.
What walls are you facing today? What obstacles are in your way? Are you tired of trying to overcome these things in your own strength? I know what that feels like as I have been there many times. I pray that each of us will seek the Lord and His strength for our lives so that we can start to scale the walls we are facing in God’s strength alone.
May we all begin to experience as Nehemiah did that “the joy of the Lord is our strength!”