“Let the weak say, I am strong” (Joel 3:10).
In ourselves, we are weak. In the Lord, we are strong.
When we speak the words, “I am strong”, we are not saying something about ourselves. We are saying something about the Lord. He is our strength. Our strength comes from him.
Weak: this is what we are. Strong: this is what we can become through the grace of God and the power of God.
“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” (Hosea 4:6).
In these words, the Lord is warning us. If we do not build our lives on the Word of God, we are choosing to live in weakness. When we turn our attention, again and again, to the Word of God, we are choosing to live in the strength of the Lord.
“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten” (Joel 2:25).
Our life doesn’t need to be controlled by our own weakness, It can be renewed by the Lord’s strength. When God looks at what we have been, he says to us, “You can be changed. I can change you.” When God looks at our life, he sees what we can become. He invites us to make a new beginning with him. He calls us to travel through life with him.
This journey will be a lifelong journey. It will be a journey of discovery. It will be a journey of revelation.
We will discover things about ourselves. We will discover things about God. We will discover our own weakness. We will discover God’s strength.
When we see our journey as a journey of discovery, we’re seeing it from our own point of view. We read the Word of God, and we see ourselves as we really are. We read the Word of God, and we see God, as he really is.
There is, however, another way of looking at this journey. It’s a journey of revelation. It’s God who shows us whar we’re really like. It’s God who shows us what he’s really like.
On this journey, we will need to learn the same lessons, again and again. We learn that, in ourselves, we are weak. We learn that, in the Lord, we are strong.
Show us, Lord, that, in ourselves, we are weak. Show us that, in you, we are strong. Help us to leave our sinful past behind us. Help us to travel, with you, towards a better and brighter future, a future in which we will find more joy in you and bring more glory to you.