‘He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak’ (Isaiah 40:29)
The Lord’s people often feel faint, being burdened with a body of sin and death, pursued and assaulted by Satan, tried and hindered by the world; but although weary and weak they continue to persevere. Waiting on the Lord they renew their strength.
The Lord has said, “I will strengthen you”. Brothers and sisters, remember the promise and faithfulness of your God; do not yield to fear, or you will surely faint. Believe because God is true. David says, “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” [Psalm 27:13 KJV]. Power is given in answer to prayer. Strength is proportional to the day. The back is designed for the burden.
Our God will not lay upon us more than He will enable us to bear. He strengthens us by His word, by His Spirit, and by His presence; expect Him to be and do according to His word; this will honour Him, and He will strengthen you with might by His Spirit in the inner person.
Go forward, however weak you may feel, assured that God will give you strength and courage; strength to do and endure His will; and courage to face, fight and overcome every enemy.
Whence do our mournful thoughts arise?
And where’s our courage fled?
Have restless sin and raging hell,
Struck all our comforts dead?
Chase, chase thy gloomy fears away,
Strength shall be equal to the day.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘I see that all I want is in Jesus, but I would feel and enjoy it. The world is to me more than ever a wilderness, but I am only a pilgrim and a stranger here, and I shall soon reach home, and then all will be well’.