What do we do if our spiritual energy has run low? What can we do to re-energize our walk with God? Life so easily slips into a routine of getting up, going through the motions, going to bed, and hitting the repeat button. Perhaps something has happened that seems to have sucked the energy from your life. Are you living with your “low energy” warning light continuously blinking in the background? This can easily happen, even to the best of us. We can wake up one day and discover we’ve had days, weeks, months, or even years of discouraged living… no power, no strength, and no joy.
Once upon a time there was a man who was facing a crisis of spiritual energy. His friend, mentor, and leader was about to die. Joshua could have easily gone into a spiritual funk of discouragement, and God knew it. In his last days, God took Moses aside and gave him a simple command:
“… charge Joshua and encourage him and strengthen him, for he shall go across at the head of this people…” Deuteronomy 3:28
Like the Energizer Bunny it was time for Joshua to get a jolt of energy – not from some man-made source, but from the awesome power of God Himself. This is the source of power all of us need – every single day.
God knew Joshua would face problems. There would be stiff opposition; there would be danger and he’d be surrounded by grumbling. This could be a description of your life or mine. At one time or another we will all face energy-sucking circumstances.
Yet Joshua’s jolt is exactly what each of us need. As you read it imagine the words ringing in your own ear as God directs the power into your spiritual battery.
Then Moses called to Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous…The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:7,8
Let’s take a minute and look at the three phrases in Joshua’s Jolt. “Be strong.” “Be courageous.” “Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Ephesians 6:10
God is a strong and powerful God and He freely gives us that same power and strength. It’s like the power from the most awesome Energizer battery is waiting for you to plug in. God’s strength is available in every trial – including the routine of an everyday, boring, “just-get-through-it” kind of life.
How powerful is He? Completely powerful! Completely strong! If we are walking in Him we can have a confidence that He will strengthen us with His own strength. Plug in! Ask Him today for His strength to make you strong in your daily wilderness travels.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
It’s been said that “courage is not lack of fear, but courage is action in spite of fear.” When God’s grace provides us with strength, God has an expectation that we will use that strength to accomplish the task of following Him.
Taking courageous action in the midst of our wilderness experiences is what God empowers us to do. He is our source for courage throughout the day. Early American film actress Dorothy Bernard once said, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”
But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27
Do not fear or be dismayed
If we understand that God freely provides us with strength and the courage of action, how can we despair? How can we give up? God has a plan. Right now His plan might very well be for you to go through a period of uncertainty and hardship. This is exactly what He told Israel when He put them through the trial of 70 years of captivity in Babylon. He told them to push through it because He had a plan, a plan that applies to every believer today,
“For thus says the Lord, ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord,”… Jeremiah 29:10-14
We can call upon Him and He will listen. He has a plan for our good. That good is at the end of whatever He asks us to endure. And He never asks us to endure a trial that He doesn’t supply all the power, strength, and courage that we need to survive it. He is our source and He is our confidence. There is no room for despair. Through our wilderness wandering we keep our eyes on the Lord and depend on Him completely as our supply for what we need.
So, thank God for His strength today. Thank Him for His provision of courage today. Thank Him that you never have to despair. If we listen closely we can hear Him whispering into our hearts, “My child, be strong, be courageous, do not despair. I’m right here.”
Think about it…