…for the joy of the LORD is your strength!
While reciting our memory verse Nehemiah 8:10b, my 3 year turns to me and says “Daddy, Jesus is strong.” Jesus is indeed strong, in fact the strongest man who ever lived on the face of this earth. What does it mean to be strong or to have strength. Many of us would immediately think of a weight lifter or someone who has a chiseled physique as someone who is strong. Some of us would think of those who conquer long endurance sports such as the Iron Man race. Do we think of strength as someone who gave His life, for others, nailed to a cross?
Do you know of a strong man that can stop a raging storm? Who can raise a dead man? Who can take away the sins of any given man? Who could endure unjust consistent hatred? Who can be nailed to the cross and still utter the words “…forgive them, they know not what they do.”
This is strength. I could spend a life time and more writing about Jesus’ strength as it is endless. For those of us who call Him, Lord, we have this strength living within. We need to let that strength rule in our lives.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.