Bible Ballistics: I Don’t Have Any Strength??? Vol. 5 #20
“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
These people of Nehemiah’s day had worked to rebuild their city and it’s wall. They had struggled and endured hardship and when their task was done Nehemiah called them to rejoice together—to know that “the joy of the Lord is your strength”!!! We all have days that we feel weary, tired and unable to take another step. We can become so overwhelmed that we can’t seem to put one foot in front of another. Times when our strength is drained and we don’t know how we can go on! Where do we turn? You can ‘Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (by Helen H. Lemmel). Keep:
“Looking unto Jesus
the author and finisher of our faith;
who for the joy that was set before him
endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and is set down
at the right hand
of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2
We must keep our eyes “looking unto Jesus”—the one who saves us, the one who keeps us, the one who will direct our every step—even the difficult ones!!! How about you? Do you need this “joy of the Lord” kind of strength? We all do!!! God makes it clear in His Word that His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Paul tells us about His experience with God’s provision.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
Paul, this great man of faith and power, prayed for God to relieve His situation, yet God answered him in a most unexpected way. God told Paul NO!!! And sometimes He tells us the same thing—NO!!! Why? Because our weakness is God’s platform to show HIS POWER to us and to the world!!! When I am weak—HE is strong!!! His provision can always bring us strength. Strength that comes from my joy and delight in my Lord. My confidence in HIM and HIS provision make my heart able to rejoice in difficult circumstances.
Remember the children’s song, “Jesus loves me………they are weak, but HE IS STRONG….”!!! Moses and the children of Israel saw God’s great provision in their abject inability to escape from the Egyptians, and they sang a song about God’s strength and provision-they were weak but:
“Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying,
I will sing unto the Lord,
for he hath triumphed gloriously:
the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and song,
and he is become my salvation:
he is my God, and
I will prepare him an habitation;
my father’s God, and
I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:1-2
God’s power and our confidence in it, can produce joy in the most unlikely situations. Have you ever been backed up against the wall? A wall of water maybe, with nowhere to turn? If so, know that our God is a strong source for your needs. Do you need somewhere to run?
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” Proverbs 18:10 There is safety waiting for YOU!!!
Run to the Lord God Almighty in your weakness and weariness. Run to Jesus, His Son in your time of need. He is our ever-present help.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
“The Lord is my rock,
and my fortress,
and my deliverer;
in whom I will trust;
and the horn of my salvation,
and my high tower.” Psalm 18:2
And our strong help is always there:
Psalm 121:1-2, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”
The everlasting creator is our source of help and YOU can count on His faithfulness. Jesus went to the cross to be our
our faithful High Priest,
our faithful intercessor—
And HE IS THERE for YOU!!!
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
“But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:24-25
This very Son of God died for us, that we might have life!!! He saves us “to the uttermost”, and not only does He save us, but “he ever liveth to make intercession for” us—YOU and ME. I praise HIM for His abundant love and grace toward us. How about YOU and that JOY?
Even if you think that “I don’t have enough prayer warriors” lifting you up, remember that you have the Son of God making continual intercession for YOU. You can know and rest in the truth that the “joy of the Lord is your strength”!!! You can have HIS JOY!!! God’s eternal joy, and that joy will even continue into glory with our Lord. It will be our eternal state with the one to whom we belong.
Matthew 25:21 & 23 repeats twice our confidence:
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
What makes a “good and faithful servant”? The who has received Jesus and follows Him devotedly and in trust and confidence that HE is sufficient:
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6