I awoke this morning to the words, “My strength.” We all learned the scripture as a child that says, “When I am weak You are strong.” (NKJ II Cor. 12:10) We relied on our parents to help us in areas we could not possibly achieve; opening a locked door, lifting a heavy object, protecting us from danger, defending us when we are falsely accused, or comforting us in time of need. Their very presence was strength and security to us. As an adult, many of us search for strength but can not find it. We lift weights, read books, exercise daily, eat right, ask a friend for help and/or even pray for strength without understanding what the Word of God is telling us. God wants us to completely surrender. He is not looking for our help. He is looking for our obedience to surrender our self to Him.
As my husband, Steve and I, continue the process of moving from Minnesota back to Georgia, I realize my strength is not enough. If any of you have ever made a huge move, you know what I am talking about. It requires extensive hours of planning, packing, moving, renovating, researching… the list goes on. It is mentally and physically demanding. I have had my share of chiropractor visits, massages, Aleve, and heating pads on my back. I find myself tired at the end of the day and my body grows weak from doing. Endurance and perseverance does not win. My emotions sometimes get the best of me when I am tired. I speak out of turn or maybe say hurtful things, only to go back later to apologize. My strength was not enough. When God places His Word on something He will give you His strength to accomplish that which he has called you to do. His strength does not mean some of Robin and a lot of God equals His strength. It means none of Robin and all of God.
I ask myself, “How can I do this God?” Don’t you need my help? I must do something? Right? The Holy Spirit gently leads me to His Word. One of the first people in the Bible I think of who has great strength was Samson. However; have you considered the handmaiden Hannah? Hannah was barren and bitter that God did not give her a child. She wept and her anguish overwhelmed her. She had no strength left but to cry out to God. It was Hannah’s prayer (I Sam. 2:1-10) that touched the heart of God. It was her complete surrender and trust which gave her strength and turned her situation around. Hannah had nothing to offer but God heard her prayer. She gave birth to one of the strongest men in history – Samson.
God doesn’t need your help… He needs your obedience. God doesn’t need you to do something… He needs you to stand for something. God is searching for a people who will surrender themselves completely to Him. While our move requires great planning, it is God who will be directing our steps. While our move requires decisions to rent or sell our home, it is the Holy Spirit who will give us direction to make the right decision. While our move requires help to move heavy furniture, it will be God to bring the people to help us. While our move requires Steve to drive cross country not once but twice, it is God who will keep him safe and direct his path. While each day takes great effort to accomplish the task, it is God who will bring us the creative ideas to accomplish it. When our physical bodies grow tired, it is God who restores and renews us each morning. Psalm 84:5-7, “Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca (Valley of Weeping), they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.