- Published: Monday, 13 August 2018 16:09
- Written by Ian Brown
Where does our strength come from?
It has been a summer of sport so far with four weeks of football during The World Cup, tennis during Queens and Wimbledon, golf in Carnoustie for the Open and cycling during the Tour de France. There have probably been many more sporting events, but I am not a great sports fan so may have missed them.
I became very aware of how much energy and stamina is needed for these sports especially in the unusually hot temperatures around the world, how much training and commitment is required if anyone wants to compete at the top level in any sport. It only takes a slight injury for someone to be unable to compete and have their hopes and dreams shattered.
That is the same with us, life is hard, and we can be hit suddenly with any number of unexpected situations. Situations that affect us or the people we know and love. We then have to find strength and commitment that is essential for us to carry on with life while also dealing with the new circumstances that we have to deal with. We must keep moving forward but where do we get our strength and stamina to keep on going?
In Psalm 29 verse 11 says that “The Lord gives strength to his people.” We just have to keep that always in mind when we find ourselves in situations or circumstances that feel completely overwhelming. We do not have to face them alone; the Lord is always there and will give us strength to cope. Not only are we promised strength, but we are also told in verse 11 that “the Lord blesses his people with peace.”
When we are in a situation we think we cannot cope with or can’t see a way forward remember that “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11)