Inspirational Thought of the Day:
Inner strength is not built ~ it comes from within.
Scripture of the Day:
1 Sam 30:5-6
5 David’s two wives had been taken captive–Ahinoam the Jezreelite and Abigail the Carmelite, Nabal’s widow. 6 David was very upset, for the men were thinking of stoning him; each man grieved bitterly over his sons and daughters. But David drew strength from the LORD his God.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God did not give us a Spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
“I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me.”
The pressures of this life can leave us flat out worn out. I can just imagine David being surrounded by a bunch of tough guys ready to stone him. Talk about stress. But He simply drew strength from God. How?
Scripture says he asked for the ephod and sought the face of God for direction and guidance. Back then, the Urim and Thummim (gemstones) were carried by the high priest of Israel on the ephod/priestly garments, which was used by the high priest to determine God’s will in some situations.
David knew his strength came only from God. Anyone who would sling a stone at a giant obviously relies on God instead of his own strength.
Many years later Paul, Timothy and the disciples followed suit. Nothing was deemed impossible if one relied on the Holy Spirit, given to us for strength and insight.
Feeling weak, discouraged, unable to do the task before you? Jesus understands and He walked the most difficult path of all with joy set before Him. Wow.
Just because a task or situation is difficult does not mean it has to steal our joy.
His strength is enough. Enough for day-to-day drama, illness, court, accidents, any trouble. We don’t use an ephod, but today we have the living Word of God we can run to for grace, wisdom and strength. Run to Him, friend. He is enough and His strength is all we will ever need.
Lord, thank You for your amazing grace and strength. Grant us a willing heart to cry out to you and to never give up.