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Monday, April 23, 2012

Monday Morning Meditation: Search for God's Strength

"Search for the LORD and for his strength;
and keep on searching." Psalm 105:4

What does the Bible have to say about God's strength?

God Himself is our strength (**Scripture references for this section are below). He also arms us with strength, renews our strength and gives us strength. Christ strengthens us to do all things. Our strength comes from God's grace. He gives us strength to do His work and use our gifts to help others. When we are weak, we can be strong in Him.
"Search for the LORD and for his strength;
and keep on searching." Psalm 105:4

The passage implies that God's strength may not always be obvious. It's something that needs to be looked for and sought after continually. I imagine part of that is because we are broken and imperfect people. In the parable of the sower, Jesus talked about how God's message can be "crowded out by the worries of this life." I know I am prone, when I hear an encouraging word from Scripture, to walk away, excited and invigorated about the great God we serve. Then when life bombards me with trials and challenges, I often lose sight of what God has shown me about His character. This is one reason I keep a journal. It serves as a stone of remembrance, a reminder of the things His Word says, and also the words He's spoken to me directly.

Could you use a dose of God's strength today? Ask Him for strength. Remind Him of His promises, some of which are listed above. And search. Keep your eyes open to the creative ways He will provide His strength.

** Scripture references for those characteristics of God & strength: Psalm 46:1, Psalm 18:32, 39, Psalm 23:3, Psalm 29:11, Philippians 4:13, Hebrews 13:9, 1 Timothy 1:13, 1 Peter 4:11, 2 Corinthians 12:10

Note to readers: I am currently reading the Life Recovery Bible. This Bible's NLT seems to have slight differences there when compared to the NLT at Biblegateway.com.

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