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Strengthener Within

How can The Word be a strengthener when we are in need? Check this out from Cast Up A Highway:
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In the Word, we receive constant reminders that our Father loves us, will counsel us, and will watch over us. He promises to instruct and teach us in the way we should go. He says in Psalm 32:8, “I will counsel you with My eye upon you.” So we hold tightly to the Lord, for He has the strength and comfort to soothe any searing pain of loss, any hollow aching hole in our soul. He holds us up when we feel too weak to stand; He brings ease when we are upset. We give control over to Him, trust in Him, rely on Him, and have complete confidence in Him! In this Psalm written by David, we see how he expresses his experience with the Lord; his words echo a resounding cry in my heart:

I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.
—Psalm 40:1-2
God’s ways can be a mystery, but He always knows what’s best. For example, when I first saw this Scripture early in my walk with God, it was at a time when I was greatly in need of guidance and direction. I felt stuck in a yucky, swampy mess. This Scripture reminded me of a book I had recently read by Tolkien called The Hobbit. In the book, Frodo Baggins, the main character, is in a dark, stinky swamp searching for a way out. It felt at the time like I was in a similar dark, slimy, swampy place. So I cried out to God, “If only I had a solid place, a rock to stand on!” That is exactly what I said. And God’s answer was so perfect! There in this Scripture promise above was my answer to the slimy swamp I was experiencing. God pointed me right to where He wanted me, to where I needed to be. The solid place, the Rock I needed, was Jesus. Yes, Jesus is also called “the Rock,” and He can always be our solid place to stand. God’s peace flooded my soul as I realized He had listened to my cry and had lifted me out of the pit. He can and will do the same for all of us.

As we continue our journey of assembling our highway and inserting the rebars [of the Word] reinforcing its strength, we continue to hold on to the One who truly holds us up. Our God is always with us and guiding us. But the journey isn’t easy. It is not always the crash-and-burns of big disappointments, shocks, and bewilderments attempting to defeat us; just as difficult can be standing day after day in belief for something which never seems to happen.

For example, we know the Word says God will take care of us, so we trust Him each day that He will bring us a new job, a new client, a raise in salary, or a new cure for a nasty disease. As the days become weeks and then months, it can begin to wear us down; we are standing and trusting God, but when nothing seems to be happening, it can become a corroding element on our faith. When it gets down to the rebars in us, down to the gut level, where fear and doubt attempt to enter in, it is the Word which can buttress us! That’s why we need to continue to reinforce the Word in ourselves. It is our strengthener, our doubt fighter, our reminder of the trustworthiness of our God! His Word often reminds us of His faithfulness. See how He puts it strongly in Hebrews:

For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?
—Hebrews 13:5-6

God leaves no doubt that He loves us and He will never abandon us! We can hold on to that and never let go!

Ask God to lead you to a good Bible study which can open the Word up for You. If, on the other hand, You already have the rebars of the Word deeply implanted, then never stop reading and studying and meditating on the Word. Ask God to help you share it with others.

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