Life is a wonderful gift which our God is pleased to bestow upon us. But how much we are going to use our life depends upon how much strength God is pleased to give us. A paralyzed person has life but is very limited in the strength of some of his members, limited as to what he can do.
It is therefore also so very important that we are given spiritual strength as well as spiritual life, so that we can serve God by walking in good works. In Psalm 29:11 David wrote, "The Lord will give strength unto his people." We must take note of the fact that He is speaking to a special people to whom God had given that special gift of spiritual strength.
Is it not plain that God gives physical strength to all men? In Him we live and move and have our being ( Acts 17:28 ). What counts, however, is whether God gives us spiritual strength, and how much of this He gives us. Does He enables us to walk in love to Himself. How able are we to walk in love for Him? All the born-again have some strength to do this. But certainly we all must pray for more strength.
We do thank God for earthly things and experiences. That is our calling. But by all means thank God for strength and ability to walk in love to Him. And pray for more strength in order to serve Him in love more fully.
Because that strength is a gift made possible by the gift of His Son in our flesh, we owe God thanks. We should remember this when in a few days we celebrate the gift of His Son. Through His Son that gift of spiritual strength may be and is given us. When, then, we celebrate His birth, let us remember and give thanks to God for spiritual strength. That is more important than the physical strength which He gives us. To be spiritually strong is a wonderful gift through His Son Whom in His grace He gave us to be our King.
Read: Psalm 28 .
Quote for Reflection:
… The Christian life is not a thing of passive luxuriation, but of active "fighting the good fight of faith!" The Christian is not called to lie down on flowery beds of ease, but to run a race, and athletics are strenuous, demanding self-sacrifice, hard training, the putting forth of every ounce of energy possessed. I am afraid that in this work-hating and pleasure-loving age, we do not keep this aspect of the truth sufficiently before us: we take things too placidly and lazily. - Arthur W. Pink