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What makes God stronger?
Posted: Oct 21, 2010 in Uncategorized | No Comments |

At first glance, the title of this post seems a bit odd.  How in the world is it possible for God to get stronger.  The Bible is pretty clear that God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  There is no shadow of turning with Him.  For you and I, we need to work hard to get stronger.  We need to invest in gym memberships and dietary supplements.  Of course those things only help us with our physical bodies.  Not only do our bodies need to be getting stronger physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well.  There is a quote that has been said for some time that says, “Whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.”   We are a people of incredible resolve.  Each and every person that has ever breathed the slightest bit of air as a human knows what it is like to be hurt.  We also know that what we choose to do with that hurt with determine how successful we are in life in most cases.  No matter if it is physical or emotional or spiritual, our bodies get stronger through strain.  If there is no strain, there is no chance of getting stronger.

So if we as people get stronger through strain…….what makes God stronger?  I know that the immediate response to that question is nothing.  And to a point you would be correct in that answer.  Listen to what the Psalmist says in Psalm 76:10

“Human defiance only enhances your glory, for you use it as a weapon.”

Another word for enhance is to strengthen.  So when human beings defy God by the way they live, that makes God stronger.  What?  Here is how that helps you and I.  So often we look at others who are “living the good life” while defying God while we struggle and claw as Christ followers just to make ends meet.  For many of us, we look at situations like this and think, “God have you forgotten about me completely?”  Don’t you notice that I am trying to do the right thing while Joe Schmo over hear blatantly mocks you to your face and yet you are silent.

I think what God is saying through this verse is, “I see all and know all and will come back at my appointed time to deal with both the righteous and the non-righteous alike.”  If human defiance only makes God stronger, I would not want to be on the receiving end of the punishment that is due those people.  At the same token, I sure do want to be on the receiving end of the blessings that will be given out to those who endure to the end regardless of the trials they face in their life.  God is keeping score.  He notices those who serve Him and those who don’t.  I leave you with a verse that talks of the patience of God in these circumstances.

“The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

With Expectancy!

Corey

corey@firstassemblywest.com

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