It’s 5:30 am. The dumbbells remain on a rack inside the gym you’ve been planning on attending. Having the intention of working-out the next morning is easy right before bed. And then “buzz…buzz…buzz” rings the interrupter of dreams—night time dreams, as well as the dreams you have for your life—the alarm you set on your iPhone the previous night.
If you doze-off during this devotional, you’re in luck! The chances of hearing a similar message on New Year’s Eve is exceptionally high. That’s because this is a writing concerning the dreams and goals you have for your life—where you are, compared to where you want to be. But even more so than that, God has laid it on my heart to share some hope for those who can’t get out of bed in the morning to work-out or go to bed at night because they’re worried about homework (that’s me, btw).
I’ve recently found myself using a well-known Bible verse, Philippians 4:13. It says, “For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.”
He Makes Me Strong
I’m not saying that you’ll wake-up tomorrow morning with a six-pack and huge biceps. I’m saying that He will give you the self-discipline to escape the bed covers and get to work!
No matter how awesome it’d be if God completed your homework, it’s not happening! But I know He will give you strength through Jesus to accomplish it successfully without becoming overwhelmed!
That’s the God we serve. A God of strength and power.
“The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—my father’s God, and I will exalt him” (Exodus 15:2).
Don’t give-up. Don’t compromise. Don’t be tempted to believe that it will never happen. Instead, believe that God’s got you, and he’s making you stronger day by day through the love and grace of Jesus.
“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong…Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think” (Ephesians 3:16-17, 20).