103: Finding strength in all seasons

Life is full of seasons, and much like the weather, we can’t always predict when the one may end and the next one dawn. There’s not a specific timetable for when life happens, but you can guarantee it does.

While sometimes we’re prepared for a transition or change in our lives, other times it hits us by surprise leaving us feeling emotionally exhausted and mentally drained. We don’t know where to turn or what to do because it seems as though the very ground beneath our feet has turned against us and is forever shifting. We just want to find our balance.

If you’re anything like me, we try and be strong in and of ourselves. We have endured our fair share of circumstances, and we feel confident in how we should react in various situations. We retreat into the inner recesses of our minds, planning and preparing. All the while, we get so caught up tapping into our own reservoir of strength that we forget God has offered us His own.

Ephesians 6:10 tells us to be strong in the Lord, to use His strength and might. This verse directly deals with spiritual warfare and then leads into a description of the armor of God. Scripture compares us as followers of Christ to soldiers in active duty. We should be alert, vigilant, ready to listen to our Lord at all times and in all scenarios.

But often times we enter into battle of the flesh and of the spirit unprotected. God has offered us powerful weapons and defenses to fight with, but we walk into No Man’s Land with nothing but the clothes on our backs. And we wonder why we fall down in fatigue and frustration.

God has enlisted us, but He has also equipped us. Dwelling inside each of us as believers is the living and breathing Holy Spirit. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us, and we overlook that amazing truth when life throws us a curveball. We hunker down beneath our desks and take cover as if we were cowards and not conquerors.

Change is inevitable. Life is unpredictable. But our God is all-powerful. His goodness, His strength does not depend upon the circumstances of our struggle. He knows exactly where we are, and He meets us there.

Today let me encourage you to stop fighting in your own strength. Yes, there are things we need to be proactive in doing, but don’t get so ensnared by the business and the stress that we lose sight of God’s purpose for us.

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