I’ve always had a deep desire to become a knight. When I was young (although not as young as one would hope for such a thing), I wrote a letter to the Queen of England asking what deed I might perform to make me worthy of knighthood in her eyes. That was about twenty-five years ago—but the Queen is very busy; I’m sure she’ll get back to me soon. The truth is, I don’t always feel like I have the strength to be me, let alone the strength to be a knight.
There are events in our lives that knock the wind out of us, events that make us feel we don’t have the strength to fight or even stand. The truth is, we probably don’t have enough strength to stand on our own in those moments. That’s why God offers His strength to us. When David’s people wanted to stone him, he found strength in God (1 Samuel 30:6), because those who put their hope in the Lord have their strength renewed (Isaiah 40:31 ). Yes, God can give us the courage to fight, but he can also serve as a protector when we’re being attacked. During the darkest hours of your life, he will surround you with his compassionate protection as he nurtures the strength he’s placed inside you:
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
Every knight has a castle where he rests in safety, a fortress where he doesn’t have to rely on his own strength for protection. When you find yourself in those overwhelming moments of weakness, “look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11).
DON’T THINK: “I’m not strong enough.”
THINK: “I can use God’s strength in place of my own. He is my fortress and my refuge.”
Prayer: Father God, You are my strength and my salvation. I can’t stand on my own today, but I give you praise and ask for your strength in these moments of weakness. Protect and encourage my heart as I trust in you. Amen.
Engage: What areas in your life do you most need God’s strength? How do you use God as your fortress?
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