God is My Strength

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The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation.

Psalm 118:14

God is not afraid to do a work in our lives, nor is He afraid to keep us humble in order to do it. He’s not afraid to allow things to happen to us to bring us to a point of weakness so that we would be strengthened in Him, and that He might be glorified in us. The greatest curse we have is to rely on our own strength—because when we do things in our strength, we do not seek God and we do not look to God. We try to solve our own problems. But then when the trials and storms in our lives begin to overwhelm us, we begin to fall apart and we end up crying out to God. God is more concerned with doing a work in our hearts and in our spirit by taking us higher and bringing us to a place of complete dependency upon Him. Maybe the very things that are happening in us—the hurt, the brokenness, the devastation, is all part of the hand of God to keep us broken and humble before Him—crying out to Him. We can pray to God our entire life for Him to get rid of something, but it might be the very thing that He’s using to mold us. We can pray for God to get rid of a situation, but it might be the very stepping stone that helps us to become the man or woman that God desires for us to be. The apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh to keep him humbled and prevent him from becoming arrogant (2 Corinthians 12:7). Let’s not ask to be rescued from our circumstances today. Instead, let’s ask God to use it mightily to take us to a place of deeper dependence upon Him.