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Real Strength


“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.”
Psalm 34:18

My Study Bible says, “God promises to be ‘close to the brokenhearted’ and to be our source of power, courage and wisdom, helping us through our problems.  When trouble strikes, don’t get frustrated with God.  Instead, admit that you need God’s help and thank him for being by your side.”

I heard on the radio the other day, this same basic thought … “that real strength is seeking resources outside of ourselves … it does not mean being independent.”  A hard lesson to learn sometimes, for those of us who pride ourselves on doing things ourselves.  Just recently, my young grand-daughter said, in response to her mother trying to help her, “No! Me do!”   We, too, can be stubbornly independent.

Keeping all of these verses in mind seems a good way to start the week.  If you are feeling down, or “fighting against God” by wanting to do things your own way, just remember God is our “power source.”

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  Seek his will in all you do; he will direct your paths.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help
in times of trouble.”
Psalm 46:1



2 thoughts on “Real Strength

  1. Very excellent post! I have that Proverbs verse on on my mirror in the bathroom (that way I see it every day). The thing that I struggled with is folks saying we are “powerless”. We are powerful when we confess to God our need for him to be master of our outcomes and are willing to accept His outcome despite our desired outcome.

  2. You sure knopw when to post these kind of things! Thanks!

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