Joshua 1:9 (NKJV)
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
I wish I could tell you that my life is full of perfection, joy, and everything I have ever hoped for… I can’t. One of the most blessed titles I have ever received aside from father and husband is pastor. Unfortunately, I think we look at pastors as the one’s that have it all together, the people that can navigate any situation, the one with the spiritual strength to accomplish anything… I can’t. I try and fail, I love then fail, I hope and still fail. Sometimes, well most times, I just can’t. That is, unfortunately, the truth. I just can’t.
Not My Strength
There, I put it all out on the line. If you read my devotionals and attend my sermons thinking that I am this perfect man, the veil has been completely blown wide-open. I am okay with that. You see the beginning paragraph of this devotional proves exactly who I am and what I can accomplish. I can’t. I can’t assess a situation with spiritual clarity. I do not have the strength to make it through the day. When I depend fully upon myself, I fail.
I love the way Psalm 27:1 explains where our strength comes from… (1) The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?
The Lord is my light, that light directs me towards righteousness. The Lord is my salvation, my own actions and ability leave me in a place of punishment. The Lord is the strength of my life! I can accomplish nothing through my own strength, but through His, lives can be transformed, mountains can be moved, the sick can be healed, and when my words are directed by Him, they can encourage.
The Lord Is With Us Wherever We Go!
Next time we are headlong in failure, next time we lose faith, next time we just can’t… we must turn to Him, the One that encourages us to be strong, to have good courage, to not be afraid or dismayed for He is with us. How amazing is that? He is with us as we try to prove we can do anything on our own. He is with us when we do not trust. He is with us when we know we can’t but try desperately anyway. He is with us always and without exception, we just have to acknowledge He is there.
Philippians 4:13 offers one of the most encouraging reminders in the whole Bible… (13) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me… Not, I can do all things because I am a pastor… Not, I can do all things as long as I try hard enough… Not, I can do all things because I am simply awesome… I can do all things… through Christ who strengthens me! Let that be our battle cry as we navigate this strange and crazy life.
I can’t, but He can!
Matthew 11:28 (NKJV)
28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.