“When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place. (Psalm 118:4-6)
Thomas Paine said, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”
You may also feel that there have been times that tried your soul, tested your strength and ability to endure. And when we have our hopes high, too often we come crashing down to reality by a setback of our health, some new affliction arising, or just old issues reminding us just how much we hate our affliction and weakness.
Standing strong when we feel weak can seem impossible. Sometimes it feels that we are carrying the maximum load possible, and just one more setback, one more stressful event is all it will take to push us over the edge. This sort of situation is what makes me wonder how unbelievers survive affliction.
The KJV of Proverbs 18:14 says, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
We find strength through our Lord Jesus Christ. He can take even a weak body, someone weighed down by affliction, and empower their spirit through the Holy Spirit–making them strong within, driven by power and energy from above.
We may be weak in body, but we need never be weak in spirit.
Facing our weaknesses and continuing to move forward, especially after a series of setbacks or disappointments have made us even weaker, is high on the list of challenges for those who live with illnesses. Picking ourselves back up when feeling so weak can seem impossible, yet with God all things are possible” (Mark 10:27).
It is only through God’s strength that we not only survive, but can thrive within our weaknesses.
Today you may find yourself locked into a weak body subject to its ailments and weaknesses, but if you have put your faith in the Lord, you can look beyond bodily ailments and rely upon the mind, heart, Spirit of the living God to carry you through your challenges in spite of your afflictions.
We may not have a strong body on this side of heaven, but no matter how little our physical strength, we have the power and might of God on our side, and with His help, we can press through our physical limitations and inabilities to become the spiritual powerhouses God intended for us to become.
Does your physical limitations and weaknesses make you feel helpless? Do you have a hard time picturing yourself as a strong person?
About the Author:
Karlton Douglas lives in Ohio with his lovely wife. He is grateful that though he often feels weak, the Lord is his strength and power source.
Prayer: Dear Lord, sometimes we feel so weak and helpless, yet help us to never forget that though we may be physically weak, through You we become strong within. Amen.
This song is called “Valley of the Shadow” by Rhonda Gunn. It is a beautiful song about how during our darkest moments–including those that feel like the valley of the shadow of death mentioned in the 23rd Psalm, God never leaves our side. -Lisa