Commentary By: Gordon King
It’s times such as these that we need the Lord’s strength. These are perilous times, times when many if not most of us are going through many trials and tribulations. In order to make it through to the end we must be strong, in and of ourselves we are weak, but with God we are made strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
It’s not our strength that sees us through times of trials and tribulations, but the power of God within us! For when we are weak in these things then Christ is made strong in us.
All of us will suffer through difficult times, and the enemy is out to seek our destruction. Evil spirits are out seeking whom they may devour, we must know this, we must be aware of this, for it is written in scripture and it is the truth.
1 Peter 5:8-9
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”
We are told to be sober, meaning to be awake and alert, to be aware of what is happening. We are also told to be vigilant, meaning to keep a careful watch for possible danger or difficulties. Why? Because our adversary the devil (and his minions) walk around like roaring lions seeking whom they may devour!
They cause us to suffer because they are coming against us in this world, they can cause us great pain and suffering. But the apostle Peter tells us to remain steadfast in the faith, knowing that our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world are experiencing the same sufferings. We are not alone in this fight, this spiritual battle against the enemy.
How are we to stand against the enemy? First we need to resist the enemy and stand firm in our faith, then Peter tells us more in the following verses.
1 Peter 5:10-11
“But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.11 To Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
After we have suffered a while God will perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle us. I take this to mean that He will sanctify us or make us more like Him, make us more firm in our faith, will strengthen us, will give us comfort and rest. Trials and tribulations should make us stronger in our faith of God not the other way around. And after we have suffered for a while then we should be even stronger than before, this strength comes from the Lord!
Many of you may be going through some very difficult times right now, I know that I am! But do not despair, for God is with us! He is with us and will see us through, as long as we have faith in Him.
One of my favorite verses in scripture is Psalm 23, it calms me and gives me hope and encouragement.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Another of my favorites is Psalm 91. It also comforts me and gives me strength, knowing that the Lord is with me during times of adversity, trials, and tribulations, that He is my shelter, my protector, my refuge in times of trouble.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”
Here are some other bible verses about God’s strength being our strength.
“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation;
Whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life;
Of whom shall I be afraid?”
“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.”
“The Lord God is my strength;
He will make my feet like deer’s feet,
And He will make me walk on my high hills.”
The good Lord gives us strength when we are weak, and when our strength is running low He renews it! This is another of my favorite verses from scripture.
“He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”
We all suffer from trials and tribulations in this life, and at times we may feel like just giving in and giving up! But we must always remember that God is with us, that it is by His strength and not our own that we can see it through to the end.
All of us will stumble at times, and some of us will fall. But we need to get back up and finish the race!
2 Timothy 4:7-8
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
A crown of righteousness, give to those who have loved His appearing. This is our end goal my friends, to be found righteous, to be found by Christ with faith. It’s not of our own undertaking, but by God’s strength! Our strength comes by having faith in God, by trusting in God, through our salvation by the blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Resist the enemy, stand firm in your faith and God will see you through! Remember, you are not alone in this fight, many, many others are in it as well. Run the race by faith in Jesus Christ!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!