“You then my son be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:1).
Have you ever heard someone exclaim about someone you know “Wow, they are a tower of strength” or something similar that? With your next thought to yourself being,” that’s not me!” or ”I wish I could be described as that . . .”
Often, with chronic illness we find ourselves comparing ourselves to others, looking at them from the outside. We feel alone, isolated, weak–desiring that strength, wanting to be that “tower.”
I know in my own life I find myself frustrated at times by this, especially recently with the diagnosis of additional issues. Then, as often happens, God in His grace, encourages me in my Spirit though His Word.
Can I share that with you today?
He shared I have access to Him; the Omnipotent God, through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 2:18 says “For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”
We are not alone. We are not isolated. He has provided us with a home.
Ephesians 2:19 says “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of His household.”
Our strength is not based on physical attributes, but on a strong heritage!
Our household is “Built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the Chief Cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).
Finally as we finish building our “Tower of Strength” we are reminded that it isn’t about us as individuals. We don’t have to worry about being that tower all on our own. Just as it tells us in Ephesians 2:21 it’s really about “the whole building”–each of us joining together, brick by brick, with Christ our foundation/
The Holy Spirit fills in crevices between the bricks. cementing our tower of strength together as it “rises to become a Holy Temple in the Lord.”
Prayer: Dear Father, Thank You for Your Word from which You teach us and encourage us. Thank You for showing us that we do not have to be a Tower of Strength on our own. That with You, Lord, and our brother and sister’s in Christ, we can build that tower together, becoming a shining beacon for You to this lost world. Amen.
About the author:
Diane Kalata, lives in Central Florida, she is blessed to have a wonderful husband, who is also her caregiver in illness, three grown children, and 3 grandchildren! She is a cancer survivor, who continues to deal with chronic digestive and neuropathic issues. She loves art and writing. Her desire is to continually be an encouragement to others; looking daily for those “God opportunities” to share His love and truth with others.
How might you become a Tower of Strength based on these scriptures? Does is give you hope and comfort that you are not expected to do it on your own?
This is Kutless singing the song “Strong Tower.” Let us always remember that God Himself is our only strong tower that we can depend on. We can easily allow our medications or our hope for the future become our tower. We can turn many things in our lives into something we depend on or crave, but only God Himself is truly our strength and source of refuge. Hugs, -Lisa