Sometimes when we consider this aspect of God’s strength, we see it like some byproduct of His character that He gives us. But the truth of the matter is the HE is our strength. We receive Him, and in the process His strength. Don’t just receive His strength but make HIM your strength. Appropriate Him as your strength. Take Him, the Lord, as your strength. Take hold of Him, take hold of the Lord, and strength will be yours. I have endeavored to make the Lord my strength. Recently I discovered how that the Lord has ‘got my back’ even when I didn’t even know there was a problem. We recently went away on holiday. We have a little dog who is very special to us. Although the dog actually belongs to my daughter, she became endeared to us during my late wife’s sickness and passing. During the time she was struggling with ill health, this little dog was her constant companion and often, we thought, this animal seemed to know that my wife was ill and would be a companion to her in her suffering. My wife left an instruction: ‘Please take care of the dog!’ The dog’s name is Cupcake. When we went away, we gave the dog to some friends to look after. These friends live on a dangerous and busy street. During the holidays, on New Year’s Eve, the dog became frightened due to all the fireworks and chewed its way out and escaped. No one even knew the dog was gone. At about 1am, someone phoned me. But my phone was already on silent for the night. She left a voice message. As I checked my phone in the dead of night, I heard the voice message: ‘Hi, my name is Zanri. I have Cupcake. I was driving home and saw this dog running wildly around and she looked out of place. I picked her up. She is safe with me. You can collect her in the morning!’ Who stops in the dead of night to pick up a dog that’s running around? Who will take the responsibility to care for this animal and call its owners? Who offers to take care of the dog and then makes arrangements for us to collect it. God, my strength, had already provided for something I did not even know had happened. The dog could have been lost, stolen, run over, but no, everything was taken care of. Now I can just give God praise and thanks for what He has done, and I had nothing to do with it.
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