26 May Thriving During COVID-19 – Finding Inner Strength
“for the I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being” – Ephesians 3:16
One of the things the famous verse in Isaiah 40:30-31 shows us is that there are two kinds of strengths: “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”. There is physical strength and inner (spiritual) strength. Above all, we learn that the inner strength can take you where physical strength cannot. There are situations in life where even the youths’ strength will fail, but the strength that comes from the Lord shall remain.
Solomon also tells us in Proverbs 24:10, If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! He is not referring to physical strength here; he is talking about inner strength. He also tells us in Proverbs 18:14, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity, but a wounded spirit who can bear?”. This means that when our physical strength fails through sickness, our inner strength can sustain us.
People who thrive in challenging times are people who possess inner strength. There is no necessary correlation between physical strength and inner strength. Someone might look strong on the outside but very weak on the inside. The opposite is also true; someone may look very frail and weak on the outside but be very strong on the inside. What sustains us in difficult times is inner strength.
Inner strength is a deep, unstoppable belief and confidence about life that comes from a deep personal relationship with God. It does not depend on the actions of anyone else, nor does it depend on your circumstances. It depends on the knowledge of God and of His ways. That is why Apostle Paul prayed for us in Ephesians 3:16 “for the I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.”
Inner strength is not necessarily developed in tough times, but it is revealed in it. Inner strength is developed through daily healthy spiritual routine, the most important of which is your daily time with God. When you wait on God, you become one with Him, sharing in His strength, and when the tough time comes, your strength is revealed.
Let us defeat COVID-19 by staying CALM, SAFE, CLEAN, and SANCTIFIED!
Pastor Jide Lawore
Lead Pastor, Agape House of Worship