“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!” (Ps. 105:4, ESV).
There is strength available to us in the Lord’s presence that is not available anywhere else. As He Himself assures us, everyone who seeks finds. If we seek Him and His strength, we will find exactly what we are looking for. We will encounter the beauty of the Lord and receive an infusion of His very own strength. If we seek His presence continually, that’s what we will find – His presence continually!
God’s supply of strength is infinite. It never runs out. Ours sure does though. As Isaiah 40:30 acknowledges, even the most energetic of humans – the young ones – get tired and worn out. We all come to the end of ourselves. The solution Holy Spirit holds out to us in this same passage? “…Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength” (v. 31, NKJV).
Herein lies a key of vital importance: learning to wait in His presence. So often, life’s pressures are screaming at us to hurry up and run off to the next thing demanding our attention. What are we going to do about that? If we don’t learn to carve out unrushed time with Jesus, we repeatedly lose the opportunity to have our strength renewed.
We need to linger with Him. Absolutely nothing in life can replace the measureless gift of… just staying with Him. Just being. It’s in that place, sitting at His feet, that this happens: “He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isa. 40:29, NKJV). In spirit, it’s akin to what happens when you plug your phone into the power. Your spirit’s battery goes from the red zone, to yellow, to green. You receive what you need for the day. After spending time in direct contact with the Power Source, you are ready to go.
Don’t shortchange yourself today. Seek the Lord and His strength before anything else. Then, launch into your activities, hand in hand with Him. You know what? You never even have to unplug from Him. Strength is available all day long, flowing from His being to yours. Everywhere you go and in everything you do, seek His presence continually.
When God gives you new strength, what is that like for you? How do you experience it?