Ever since my days of studying to become a certified personal trainer, I rediscovered the satisfaction that comes from lifting weights. As I gained a better understanding of how muscles work together and the process that is necessary for them to get stronger, my workouts in the weight room have become much more effective. I really like adding weight to the barbell, knowing I can lift more today than I could the last workout. The benefits of physical strength are many – it helps us avoid injuries in our other activities, it keeps our bones and joints strong and well protected, and it helps us be better athletes – to name just a few. More impressive than any physical strength is strength of spirit, the kind of strength that comes from the Lord. It is exciting to think about the fact that God is looking for people to strengthen. He looks for people to support. When the Lord’s eyes range throughout the earth, do they stop when they come to me? Doe the Lord see me as one whose heart is fully committed to Him? I sure hope so, because I have seen what He has done with others He has strengthened. Just read about how Nehemiah had the wall of Jerusalem rebuilt, how Daniel survived the lions’ den, how Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, how scared and hiding disciples were transformed into courageous, outspoken preachers of the Gospel. God is amazing! He does not look for those who are already strong. No, He finds those who are weak and yet love Him so much that they are willing to let God’s strength work wonders in their lives.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray that when you look at me, you see heart that is fully committed to you. Any strength I have comes from you, for without you, I am nothing. Thank you for the strength You have given me and using me for Your great work. Though I falter and show many signs of weakness, I know that You can give me strength that will glorify You. In Jesus’ name I pray – Amen.