Be Strong and Courageous

One of my favorite things to do when I was in high school was lift weights. There is just something about watching your strength grow, knowing that there is more weight on the bar than last time…and still being able to lift it!

I was one of those that loved a challenge. I wanted to be able to do more and more (competitive to the core, even with myself), so I would ask for more weight. I remember my coach being very positive about my enthusiasm and wanting to help me get better. But I do not remember him ever putting me in a position to do more than he knew I was able to do and then just leaving me to it. He spotted me. He didn’t sit back and watch me crumble under the heavy burden. He didn’t stand afar off and yell, “Be strong!”

He encouraged strength by understanding my weakness.

I pray you are deducing the path we are headed here. There is something that is quoted a lot and, taken out of context, can confuse us when we are facing trials that are bigger than we are. “The Lord will not give me more than I can handle.” The verse being referenced is pertaining to temptation. It is true that God will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can bear…and praise God, He even provides a way out for us!

But when it comes to life situations—I don’t know about you, but I have often been given more than I can handle. The Lord has led me in situations that were too big for me. Too much weight. Of course He gives us more than we can handle—if He didn’t, we may forget that we need Him.

I have felt weak more often than I have felt strong, but I have never witnessed my God sit back and watch me crumble under the weight. He hasn’t left me nor forsaken me, yelling from afar off “Be strong!”

But He has said it gently—close beside me—as He helped me lift what I couldn’t.

Scripture to read:

Joshua 1:5-9

1 Chronicles 28:20

1 Corinthians 10:13

Psalm 37:25


Lord, Your Name is a strong tower that I can run into and be safe. You are my Strength. I thank You that You never leave me nor forsake me. I will trust in You with the weight I cannot bear…and even with the weight that I can. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

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