Our Bible verse for today: “Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of Good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God – my God – will be with you.” 1 Chronicles 28:20 (NKJV)
Our thought for today: “Your strength comes from the Lord.”
Repeatedly in the Bible believers are directed to look to the Lord for their strength and power. When Joshua was being assigned the near-impossible task of following in the footsteps of Moses and leading the nation of Israel into the Promised Land God said to him, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
King David said almost the identical words to his son Solomon when Solomon was being commissioned to take David’s place as the king of Israel (see 1 Chronicles 28:20 above).
When Paul was trying to encourage his young protégé Timothy as he struggled to provide pastoral leadership to the difficult church in the city of Ephesus he wrote, “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 2:1
Psalm 121:1-2 reminds us, “I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.”
Over and over again the Bible provides vivid pictures of people who felt inadequate and weak coming to the Lord for help, strength, assurance, and hope.
Receiving the strength from God that we need in order to keep going, so we can overcome our challenges, often comes to us in prayer and Bible study. But another key conduit God uses to channel His words of encouragement and inspiration to us is through other Christians. As we learned in yesterday’s devotional, we learn from and are inspired by the examples and words of others. The place that happens most often is in church.
I encourage you to gather with your church family this Sunday. If you are not already an active member of a good church family then I encourage you to begin looking for one. Pray about it and ask God to direct you to the right church. If you’re in Cumberland County, Tennessee then I invite you to visit us at Oak Hill Baptist Church. Sunday school is at 9:00, the worship service begins at 10:00, and the evening service is at 6:00. I hope to see you there.