Strength for the Day

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My wife and five daughters have a WhatsApp group called, “Sistas.” Apparently because I have been granted a Y chromosome, I’m excluded from this group. But because my wife loves me, she occasionally shares a gem from their discussions. Like this one from one of them last night: “I’m going to sleep with the words and the reality, “as each day, so your strength shall be.” We, Tania, the girls, the Gottes, etc. have come through the day. And that means we have been given the strength needed from a good and gracious Father King.”

This “brotha” says, “Amen!”

This truth arises from Moses’ final blessing upon the tribes of Israel. When he came to Asher he said, “Your bars shall be iron and bronze, and as your days, so shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25). What a glorious promise. Though the people of Asher had little, if any, knowledge of what the days ahead would bring, they were assured that, whatever they faced, the Lord would empower them to overcome. The Christian inherits the same promise. Jesus, the greater Moses, reiterated it when he said, “In this world, you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

We certainly are facing tribulation. Some, indeed, more—much more—than others. But since Jesus has overcome the sin and suffering—and the Satan—of this world, we, too, by the strength of his grace, can overcome.

This is an encouraging truth as we face unusually uncertain times. The promise is simple and yet profound: Whatever we face today, our God has already seen what we need, and will give us the strength.

If you are like me, you like to have plenty of reserves. You like to know exactly what is just around the corner. You want to know that you have all you need for what lies before you. But, like me, you rarely have all this information. Therefore, we face one day at a time. And that is precisely where this promise comes in.

We don’t need to know the future, but we do need to know the one who knows the future. We don’t need all the answers, but we do need to walk with the one who does. We don’t need strength for tomorrow, but we do need strength for today. And whatever we face tomorrow, well, remember that tomorrow will be a today—with all God’s promised strength we will need.

Brother and sister whatever you are facing, when you lay your head down to sleep tonight remember the words of a “sista”: “We have been given the strength needed from a good and gracious Father King.”

Experiencing God’s strength with you,

Doug