After several attempts of twisting and tapping, the lid just wouldnâ€™t budge. â€œHoney, can you open this for me?â€ Her teenage son, eager to flex his muscles, opened the jar and handed it back to his mother.
Life is sometimes like that jar, isnâ€™t it? Sometimes we just donâ€™t have the strength we need to tackle whatâ€™s in front of us. Not the strength it takes to move a piano or to change a flat tire, but the strength we need to raise our children or to stay married to someone who is so difficult to live with. We need the strength it takes to go to work and deal with people who are rude, inconsiderate and lazy, or to walk to the mailbox and open the bills weâ€™ll have difficulty paying.
I need more strength!
â€œHave you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earthâ€¦He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weakâ€¦Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.â€ (Isaiah 40:28-31)
What should we do when we need more strength? Hand that jar over to the Lord. He has all the strength we need and so much more. After all, he is the One who created the earth and everything in it. More than that, this strong, wise, loving God came to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. The all-powerful God came in human weakness to rescue us from sin and death. He was condemned and crucified. Weakness, right? No! Strength! Jesus used his strength to remain on that cross until every last sin of ours had been paid for. His empty tomb proves it. â€œJesus was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the deadâ€ (Romans 1:4). Death has been defeated! The guilt of sin before God has been removed! By trusting in Jesus, life in heaven is waiting for us.
Need more strength? The One who created the earth has it. The One who died and rose for you has it. He is the One who gives us the strength to face each day with fresh confidence. Find that strength in his Word. And then be ready to soar. Be ready to soar on eaglesâ€™ wings with renewed strength! Be ready to soar on eaglesâ€™ wings through every challenge of life! Be ready to soar on eaglesâ€™ wings to the home that Jesus has prepared for you in heaven!
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