Strength. What you’re required to find when carrying the weight of the world. What you rely on when trying to be the rock for others, when they can’t seem to find it within themselves. What you search for when headed into uncharted territory, into situations that make you uncomfortable or handling circumstances that you’d rather pass by. What you need to hold it together, to take the next unwanted step. What you need to build up a confidence, to put a halt to discouragement.
Strength. What you never feel as if you have enough of, but what you always find to withstand.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NIV
First step? Do not fear. Fear causes the rest; it causes the worry and the weakening. What do we head into without God by our side? Nothing. So then, what can we fear? No, more so what should we fear – because goodness knows I fear so. much. In situations and circumstances, and unsurety and complications. But a lack of fear – this takes trust that is hard to come by. It takes faith that we, by nature, seem to lack.
And then do not be dismayed. Stifle your fear, and then stop your worrying. Because we have a God that is so very good. Because we have a God that is truly a God, and capable of more than our feeble human minds can grasp. And knowing that, just simply knowing that he is ours, that he is the one who will take care of us, that should help us and be enough to push down that worry. That should be enough to keep it from smothering us.
The saving grace for us and our worldly tendency? Through the fear, through the worry, there will be strength. Even when we can’t feel it or don’t seem to be able to reach it’s depths, he’s still there holding us up. His hand is there, whether we acknowledge it or not, and it’s not letting us go.
“Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”