Strength

This week we’re talking about where we get our strength.

There are many, many sources of strength in the world of super-heroes. Superman just naturally has super-human strength (it’s right there in his name). Spider-Man draws on the strength and other attributes developed after being bitten by a radioactive spider, which you should not try at home. The Incredible Hulk’s strength is derived from gamma ray exposure and is involuntarily triggered by life irritations. Batman and Inspector Gadget rely on varying degrees of technology. And let’s not forget Popeye the Sailor Man (as opposed to Popeye the International Tax Attorney) who scarfs down cans of spinach to gain strength, with the unfortunate side effect of having misshapen and disproportionate forearms and a weird laugh.

My point is that while super-heroes derive their strength from various unrealistic places, regular schlubs like me must turn elsewhere.

We seek many sources of physical and emotional strength. Some of those sources are good, like healthy eating, exercise, and healthy relationships with family and friends. Modern medicine, developed over many years by people applying God-given talents to God’s natural creation, allows us to fully recover from maladies that until very recently had no cure. Of course, there are bad or false sources of strength, too. We can make ourselves feel emotionally (and artificially) strong by belittling others. We can make ourselves feel physically better for fleeting moments by using harmful drugs that, besides being unhealthy, destructive, and potentially deadly, ultimately result in us feeling worse.

There is a right way for us to be strong.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding. He gives strength to the weary and strengthens the powerless. Youths may faint and grow weary, and young men stumble and fall, but those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31 HCSB)


Have you ever thought it would be nice to be able to fly like Superman? Trust in the Lord. Soar like an eagle.

By Mark Stuart

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