He is Our Strength
My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
Psalm 73:26 NLT
Life happens. Our bodies and minds are fragile entities with unknown expiration dates attached. We may enjoy the energy of our youth and feel empowered through middle age; but as our age advances and the days add into months and years, we begin to feel the effects of time. Of course, one’s health failing is not limited to just older adults. Across our nation there are children’s hospitals filled with sick, ailing and even dying kids.
The psalmist makes a big statement in a few words. No matter what happens to us, as long as God is the center of our daily life, we will find Him available to strengthen us for the experience. Life is very short, and eternity is without end. Placing Christ at the center of our lives seems like it should be an easy choice, but often people neglect to do it until something is really wrong. When a crisis happens, we often rush to find Christ and figure out how to have a relationship with him because now we need Him.
The psalmist’s words are preemptive. He suggests that negative things may happen but God remains the strength of his heart. Put Christ first in your life today. Work at accepting his love for you daily and returning the favor by living for him and making sure he is the most important voice and power in your life.
Dear God, you know every detail of my life. You know the good, the bad, and the ugly. Please give me the courage to draw close to you. Give me the strength to surrender every area of my life to you. Be the strength of my life. Amen.
Pastor Wes Humble is Executive Director of Ministry, Community Relations and Events.