Overhead, colorful streamers announced the excitement of the circus. I eagerly found my seat and waited for the show to start. My seven-year-old eyes were riveted as a lion trainer stood in the center of a small arena and commanded the ferocious-looking lions to circle around him. Later, I watched as acrobats swung from unbelievable heights. They seemed to defy gravity while the audience held a collective breath. Near the end of the show, the Strongman came to display his unusual strength. Out of all the entertainers, this man perplexed me the most. How could he lift such impossible weights? Ginormous barbells made of heavy metals seemed like children’s’ toys under his trained muscles.
As believers in Christ, we have a source of strength that far exceeds anything that even that circus employee could train for. Isaiah 41:10 says, “…I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Think about who is making that promise: the King of Heaven, the very one who sustains the universe! He is offering you his strength.
Have you ever asked God why he allowed you to go through the issues you deal with? Have you ever thought that maybe he made a mistake and gave you too much to handle? Maybe God miscalculated a little and accidently put one problem too many on your shoulders, right? Wrong. You may be going through something that seems impossible to bear. And it is impossible if you are trying to use your own strength. Look to God and his limitless power. He has promised to give it to you if you ask!
How does God’s strength manifest itself in your own life? When do you ask him for it?