What Does it Mean to be Strong?

Strength is nothing more than a state of mind.

Strength is an abstract ideology that we as humans have created in order to assure ourselves that we have some sort of significant influence not only over our own lives but also the lives of those around us.

Who among us has a strength that can never be taken away?

Who among us has a strength that in its immovability and permanence defines what it truly means to be strong?

 

Is it physically strong?

No, it can not because as his health deteriorates with age so too does his accumulation of strength.

 

Is it the monetarily strong?

Just as with physical strength, as his wealth can always be taken away, he too can never be considered truly strong.

 

Is it the mentally strong?

It is all the same as the same as the others, just as his mind is able to fade away in time, so too is his strength always able to be lost to him forever.

 

What could it be then?

What possible form of strength is there that deserves the title of the definition of real strength?

But that’s just it, there is none.

There is nothing that we as individuals can hope to acquire that can make us the definition of strength.

This world is impermanent by nature, how could something permanent ever be found in complete impermanence?

Nothing of this world holds the meaning of strength because nothing of this world can last forever.

Yet what does this mean?

It means one simple thing, God is the only true source of strength, because unlike the fleeting things of this world, God endures forever.

Psalm 9:7

“But the LORD abides forever; He has established His throne for judgment”

 

But how does a man find strength in God when he attempts to find strength in some many other things?

How can a man find strength in God yet also find strength in his possessions or in his health or in his intelligence?

The simple answer is, he can not.

While he may make a sincere attempt to find strength in God, in the end, he is nothing more than a slave with two masters, God and himself.

Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

So what is the answer then, how can a man find a strength that never ends by finding strength in that which can never fade?

The answer is plain.

Only in a man’s weakness to himself can he hope to find strength in the Lord.

Matthew 19:24

“Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

A man who has found strength elsewhere has no need for strength in the Lord.

Real strength is a challenge to have to because it requires us to find strength in our own weakness.

And no man ever dreams of feeling weak.

No man desires more than anything to lose everything that he has acquired for a chance that he may gain something different entirely.

No man aspires to lose everything in pursuit of something greater than himself.

Yet that is what God is asking us to do.

 

When we are weak, we may feel scared or vulnerable yet only when we are weak can hope to find strength in something other than ourselves.

Only when we are weak can we allow God to fill the emptiness in our hearts so that we may find love and purpose in our lives like never before.

Only when we are weak do we push ourselves out of the way so that we can allow God to lead us where he would have us to go do to what he would have us to do.

Only when we are weak can we rely on God to give us a strength that will never fade.

Only when we are weak can we find the only strength that matters.

 

So be comforted in your feelings of insecurity, be assured in your moments of vulnerability, and be restored in your time of repentance because when we find ourselves in the most difficult moments of our lives, our strength from God only grows stronger.

 

 

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