Strength is something we all long for and even really need during times of difficulty. Have you ever wondered where it comes from – that extra surge of power that allows you to finish a task that seemed impossible. Sometimes we will take it for granted, but there are those times when we absolutely know we don’t have it and it will appear as if by magic. Interesting, isn’t it? Where in the world did it come from? Learning that lesson is one of the major issues of life because it lacks a tangible answer. It’s not from eating a can of spinach as did Popeye.
Moses and the children of Israel sang this song…The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God and I will exalt Him (Exodus 15:1-2). You will recall that was the time frame in which God parted the Red Sea as Pharaoh was pursuing them. You can easily tell yourself that was an unusual experience and it might never happen again, but can you really prove it. I’m sure you know someone who has had a serious problem and the solution seems to come from nowhere. For some reason, even though we know it doesn’t make sense, we often choose to believe it was just a stroke of luck. Was it?
Life has never been classified as easy, but there are days and times when things seem to be worse than ever and we simply need help. Is there a specific place where we can always find it? The Psalmist tells us that The Lord will give strength to His people (29:11). We, who were born in America, call ourselves Americans; we do not need to make a choice, but we do have certain characteristics that evolve because of where we live. A Christian became such because he made a choice; he chose to love and obey the One who created him. We often think of America as being a Christian nation because it is predominantly Christian or at least that is what we think. In the days in which we live there have been many who have decided to hold out on their allegiance until they have tasted of what is available in this mess of a world. It doesn’t require much to see that it is not working out well.
Is our world in trouble? It surely looks like it and yet many of us will only wring our hands and continue on with life as usual. Are we thinking it will all go away if we just don’t pay attention? I am sure that we will find that things left alone often multiply and it is more often something bad rather than something good. While it is true that we can affect some things we have even gotten sloppy about that. I wonder how many people will stand in line to vote and how many will decide not to bother, that it’s not going to make that much difference. And yet, after everything is said and done, we often find things are still not working out.
Is it hopeless? Are we just going to mind our own business and submit to evil taking over our world? I know there are many who think it is useless to try and so far we are not being bothered too much. We still have a warm home and food on our tables. What else could we want? I have heard that there was a time when neighbors would discuss their days with each other and smiling head into another day of joy. What could have happened to those days? Are they forever gone?
Maybe we should think about what John recorded in the book of Revelation, God’s message to the church at Philadelphia – I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name (3:8).
Our God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come;
Be Thou our guard while trouble lasts, And our eternal Home.