I've been reading the devotional Jesus Calling by Sarah Young for the past six months or so and am always amazed at how clearly the Lord speaks to me through it on a daily basis. However, there's a message He laid on my heart in the November 11th devotional that has resonated especially strongly. For me, it's been life changing, and I want to share a portion of it with you here:
You seem to think that I [God] empower you equally each day, but this is not so. Your tendency upon awakening is to assess the difficulties ahead of you, measuring them against your average strength. This is an exercise in unreality.
I know what each of your days will contain, and I empower you accordingly. The degree to which I strengthen you on a given day is based mainly on two variables: the difficulty of your circumstances, and your willingness to depend on me for help. Try to view challenging days as opportunities to receive more of My Power than usual.Does that speak to your heart, too? Do you have a tendency to wake up, think of all that you have to do on an especially stressful day, and then find yourself feeling overwhelmed when you imagine trying to get it all done in the amount of strength you're feeling at that moment?
What a great comfort it was for me to recognize that the Lord equips us each day according to the amount of power we will need for the day's precise circumstances He has allowed. I love the idea of viewing more problems as a chance to receive more of God's power. The devotional shares this scripture where the Lord tells us (as part of Moses' blessing to the Israelites):
Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days, so shall your strength be. (Deut 33:25 AKJV)
We also know from His word that nothing happens to us that He has not allowed, and that He will empower us to bear up under everything that happens to us (1 Cor 10:13). We are instructed to concern ourselves only about the grace and strength we need to face today, and not worry about tomorrow (Matt 6:34).
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lam 3:22-23)
Previously, I understood that God doesn't give us power, grace, or mercy in advance because He wants us to seek Him moment-by-moment. But now I realize that it's also because the amount of power will vary according to what we need in each moment, and in how much we choose to depend on Him. We can choose to keep trying to tackle life in our own power. Or, we can view our problems as a chance to have more of Him and His power...and that's where the victory lies.
Father, when we face problems and stressful situations, help us to perceive them as a chance to receive more of Your strength and divine power. Help us to forget about how well or poorly we handled yesterday's problems, and calm our anxious minds that are already racing ahead to the challenges of tomorrow. Give us Your peace and Your power here in this moment, for this particular set of circumstances and divine appointments you've set for this day. Help us to look to You for new mercies each morning, and trust that as our day goes, so shall our strength be. Thank You, Lord, for Your unfailing love.