January 02 

How Then Shall We Live?

  Devotions on Living the Deeper Christian Life

and as thy days, so shall thy strength be….” – Deuteronomy 33:25

Photo Credit: Riviere, Briton; Daniel in the Lion’s Den; Walker Art Gallery; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/daniel-in-the-lions-den-97646

As Your Days, So Shall Your Strength Be.

It’s hard for us to see from our human finite perspective that God looks at our lives from His Eternal perspective the things that we struggle with and worry over in our daily lives. Here, in this verse, “and as thy days, so shall thy strength be….”  (Deut 33:25), God is telling us that He knows the number of our days and has given us the strength we will need to make it through this life. For the Christian this should encourage and strengthen us in our trials.

God wants you to be patient when the suffering(s) of this life come. “Let patience have her perfect work.” – James 1:4. He knows the strength you will need for this day and says that these sufferings we will experience in this life are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Rom 8:18). Suffering has an Eternal value in the life of a Christian. God uses sufferings for your Eternal benefit. The Book of Psalms tells us that our lives are like a “Poema” being written by the Master’s hand as we live through the up and down stanzas in this life. Like any great poem, low verses express the depths of despair in a person’s journey and are always followed by a high verse on how God in His strength delivered us from our despair with His right hand.

God wants you to be strong and courageous and His witness in this generation. He knows your struggles and weaknesses and the sin that so easily besets us (Heb 12:1). He makes available to us the strength we will need to make it through the ups and downs in this life. God wastes nothing and has a purpose in all things. He will use this struggle you are currently experiencing not only to strengthen you, but to strengthen others who witness your struggle and deliverance.

The Bible says we, “go from strength to strength…” (Psalm 84:7). Be encouraged, He has set aside the strength you will need for all the days of your life. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. Seek His Eternal perspective and you will be strengthened to endure your trial for God’s glory.

“Now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith-of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire-may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” – 1 Peter 1:6-7 (NIV)  

Words to Think About…

<>–God Foreknows Your History–<>

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – 1 Corinthians 16:23

“My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” – 2nd Corinthians 12:0

God anticipates our needs, and out of the fullness which He has treasured up Christ Jesus. You can trust Him for all the necessities that can occur, for He has infallibly foreknow every one of them. God has marked with prescient eye all the requirements of His poor wandering children, and when those needs occur, supplies are ready. Plead the promise, believe it, and obtain its fulfillment. No Pinch shall ever arrive in your spiritual affairs in which Jesus Christ shall not be equal to the emergency, for your history has all been foreknown and provided for in Jesus. – Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) known as the “Prince of Preachers”