The Promised Strength! Part 1
“Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days — so shall your strength be!” Deuteronomy 33:25
It is well, in every period of the Christian life, to have a right estimate of our own strength. — the promise comes of Almighty help and support. “As your days,” says the God of Israel, “so shall your strength be.” In every moment of need, “Fear not — for I am with you; be not dismayed — for I am your God.”
When difficulties and dangers arise in your path, let not the thought of your own weakness and insufficiency discourage you; for “I will strengthen you; yes, I will help you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” “Without me you can do nothing;” but “My grace is sufficient for you — for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Take courage, Christian, as you listen to these cheering assurances of the most high God; and rejoice that he is able to “supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” For, remember, the strength which his promises guarantee to you, is adequate strength. “As your days — so shall your strength be;” the one fully commensurate with the other. Your present necessities and your future needs might well fill you with distress and apprehension — did not God stand engaged to prepare you for every emergency and to sustain you under every burden. But since the omnipotent Creator has pledged himself to furnish his people with whatever spiritual energy they require in their perpetual conflict — you may gratefully exclaim with the Psalmist, “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust!” Yes, “trust in him at all times,” “for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength!”
Let no misgivings disturb your mind, as you think of approaching and augmented trials; for with the increased demand for strength — you may confidently calculate upon an increased supply. Now you are looking, perhaps, at some great trouble in the distance, and you are feeling as if, when it arrives, that you must sink under it. Ah, you are estimating your power of endurance then, by what it is now; you are supposing that, with your present weakness, you are summoned to a more arduous encounter than you have hitherto met with, and you are mournfully anticipating an inevitable failure.
God will never call you to the fulfillment of any duty, nor the endurance of any trial — without having first provided for you sufficient strength for the occasion.
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