“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Ephesians 6:10
The command to “be strong” is found over and over in the Bible. Of course, human strength has limits. Our resolve can begin to fade as difficult circumstances linger. That’s why Paul didn’t put a period after “be strong” but added “in the Lord.” The Holy Spirit empowers believers from within, enabling our inner being with His strength of purpose. You see, it’s not about knowing our own strengths and weaknesses, but how well we know and rely on God’s strength.
First, we can be strong “in the strength of His might.” God’s might is inherent to His character. He told Abram, “I am God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1). His might also refers to His power over external circumstances. Even when we are powerless, God Almighty is not. He is always able to act on our behalf; which brings the realization that He doesn’t do so on our timetable.
So how should we respond when times of suffering and hardship linger on and on? “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:14). And Psalm 31:24 tells us, “Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.” We learn to respond to our circumstances with strength, patience, and courage when our hope is properly placed in the Lord alone.
While we’re waiting, we can “be strong in the grace that is in Jesus Christ” (2 Timothy 2:1). Just as He has power over every circumstance, His grace meets every need and covers every situation. “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). If God has you in the waiting room, don’t just grit your teeth and bear it. Rather, face the situation head-on by embracing the strength and power of His grace.
So yes, we all need to encourage one another to be strong in these uncertain times. Just be sure to include the key element: “in the Lord.” The strength of God Almighty is always available as we patiently place our hope in Him and rely on His grace.