Is God’s Strength an Illusion or Reality?

You read about His miracles in the Bible, you hear about answered prayers from different people, you see God working in others’ lives, yet when it comes to your own life, why does it seem like such a fantasy?  You may wonder, “Is God’s strength an illusion or does it really exist?”

When you pray for something, do you expect God to answer it exactly the way you envisioned? 

One morning this week, as I struggled during my run, I asked God for strength.  I took a month off in September and have not been able to run a straight 5k since then.  I grumbled and complained as I heaved for breath during that last mile.  In the back of my mind I was thinking I don’t care how slow I’ll be running, but I am going to finish this thing.  I cried out to God, asking Him why He was not giving me strength, and His quiet answer hit me like a ton of bricks.  “I gave you the endurance.” 

In that moment I realized God does answer my prayers, probably every single one of them, it’s just not in the way I was looking for.   In this instance I realized that God’s strength is not what I think it is.  When Jesus was stumbling along the road to Golgotha, did God make the path easy and painless for Him?  No.  Rather Jesus had the patience to endure such a trial because He was focused on what rewards would be given Him.  It was His mindset.

“If we want to move forward, then we’ve got to face forward… and put [our] hope in the joy of this moment.”

-Cambria Joy

Here I was accusing God for not making my run comfortable and giving me some kind of supernatural strength so that I could essentially just run the fastest marathon on record.  But God is a loving God and cares more about WHO we are than WHAT we do.

I’ll close with these verses and encourage you all to meditate on them as you come upon Christmas.  Think about why Jesus came to earth in the first place and keep your eyes looking forward!  Happy Running Ya’ll!!

“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

-Hebrews 12:1-3-

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