ODJ: Truly Strong

April 6, 2016 

READ: Isaiah 40:12-31 

Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint (v.31).

Mr. Strong, along with all the Mr. Men children’s books written by Roger Hargreaves, is still a firm favorite in our home. Following a makeover in 2008, Mr. Strong is no longer square; he now has has broader shoulders, a narrower waist, and bulging biceps, but he remains the strongest person in the world. The source of his incredible strength? It comes from all the eggs he eats! The protein in eggs is rich in leucine, an essential amino acid that plays an important role in the way muscles use glucose— contributing to strength, satisfying hunger, and providing a source of lasting energy.

Just as our bodies are nourished and sustained by good food, so too are our souls strengthened in the presence of our Creator God (Philippians 4:13; 1 Timothy 1:12). Daily responsibilities and bitter disappointments can quickly wear us down and test our resolve, so “even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength” (Isaiah 40:30—31). Indeed, a confident trust in God provides the fuel we need to be strengthened, and it helps us once again to “walk,” “run,” and “soar” (v.31).

Have you found that your energy is sapped due to tough situations? Take time today to lift your eyes and experience the presence of our incredible God (vv.22—28). As you do, may you enjoy His goodness and become strong again (Psalm 16:11). For God “gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless” (Isaiah 40:29).

When we put our hope in God rather than our employer, bank account, best friend, or physician, we’ll experience a strength that keeps us going throughout the year, no matter the circumstance. We’ll be strong in God’s power!

—Ruth O’Reilly-Smith

365-day-plan: 2 Samuel 12:1-25

Read 2 Corinthians 12:9—10 and be reminded that God’s power works best in our weakness. 
How will you proclaim your confident hope and trust in God today? What does it mean to truly know and live out His strength?