Tuesday, April 10, 2007

No Other Resource

“I love you, O Lord, my strength” Psalm 18:1 (NIV)

Working in the Medical field it seems like everyone who comes in to see a doctor has “fatigue.” Patients daily coming and going searching for help in the form of drugs, answers, or magic solutions to be pulled out of the hat of the physician. The cause of the problem often known or sometimes unknown as they experience some form of exhaustion, tiredness, low-energy, or weakness in their everyday lives.

Physical fatigue can be caused by several things, whether it be a chemical imbalance or simply running ourselves ragged in the fast pace of life, stretching ourselves so thin we have no where to go but exhaustion. Spiritually there should be no such thing as fatigue when we have the Lord on our side to strengthen us when we need it, to support us when Satan has us stretched thin, to guide us when we are lost and our spiritual energy level is at its lowest.

We need to be as quick or quicker to call on the Great Physician, our Lord and Savior, than we do our local medical doctor. Knowing in our hearts what the Psalmist knew when he wrote in Psalm 121:1-3 “I will lift up my eyes to the hills—From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.” (NKJ)

Praise the Lord that we can simply lift our eyes in the right direction knowing where our help comes from. Bypassing any attempt from Satan to block our view of that resource. The solution to our problems is to get our eyes off of ourselves and on to God. Ignoring the lies he tries to put in our hearts that we can do it on our own, walk in our own strength, that the help of the One who made the heaven and the earth is not needed.

Similar to the young high school graduate who thinks they are now free or capable of walking in their own strength we soon find out that the school of hard knocks called “life,” is more difficult than expected. A school not as easy to graduate from as we once thought leading to the mistake of going to other resources other than God to find the needed potency only He could supply.

It’s important to know in our hearts that walking in the strength that God provides in not a sign of weakness but a symbol of vigor within us to be able to surrender our right to the pride that comes from saying “I don’t need God, I can do it myself.”

Once we grab hold of this in our spirit we soon see how much we love the Lord and He loves us. The supplier of our strength, the rock and fortress and deliverer needed to undergo Satan’s frequent efforts to drain our soul, spirit, and might through spiritual fatigue. A condition brought on by drawing from our own resources, relying on our own strength and not of that of Divine nature, the Rock that will not move, the Fortress that will never come down.

The LORD lives! Praise be to my Rock! Exalted be God my Savior!
Psalm 18:46 (NKJV)

Dear Heavenly Father thank you so much for the strength You supply that enables us to walk without falling whether we stumble once in awhile or not. Beautiful is the love You have for us to be so willing to walk beside us, carrying us when the road gets rough, encouraging us when we need it the most. May we always do our part and return that love to You by obediently walking at Your side, listening to Your encouragement, sitting still when it’s necessary to carry us. Using the same words as the Psalmist, “we love you O Lord, our strength!” There’s no other resource but You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

© 2007 by Karen J. Gillett

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