Even When Strong
originally written 14 Apr 15
posted 24 Oct 15
photograph by: Shirley/STL/Oct 2015
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
2 Corinthians 12:9

*Dear God, please help us to lean on You not only when we are weak but also when we are feeling strong.
Even at our very best, You are stronger still.

I was in the middle of praying for strength because, yet again, I was feeling so weak. As I uttered the words "please help me Lord, because I am so weak today" the thought instantly hit me that even when I'm strong, I still need Him. Even on my best of days, I still need my Father God to sustain me.  

Joshua was chosen to replace Moses as leader of the Israelites. Do not miss that while Joshua was a man of honor, a warrior, faithful and strong, even he needed reminded that it was the Lord that would bring the victory to His people. Joshua would not be alone in the battles, nor would he win against their foes without the hand of the Lord protecting and guiding them, rewarding their obedience to the Lord’s commands.

 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:6-9

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;
 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, 
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:28-31

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the LORD.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
Psalm 8:3-4

The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.
 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
 Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.
 The LORD sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground.
 Sing to the LORD with grateful praise; make music to our God on the harp.
 He covers the sky with clouds; he supplies the earth with rain
 and makes grass grow on the hills.
 He provides food for the cattle and for the young ravens when they call.
 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, 
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; 
the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.
Psalm 147:2-11

He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.
He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.
He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.
The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.
By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.
By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.
And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him!
Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”
Job 26:7-14

For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality and accepts no bribes. He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner residing among you, giving them food and clothing. And you are to love those who are foreigners, for you yourselves were foreigners in Egypt. Fear the LORD your God and serve him. Hold fast to him and take your oaths in his name. He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.
Deuteronomy 10:17-21

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