My current life seems to showcase a prevalent theme: strength. Because Biblical characters abound with practical life stories, applications to strength can be found everywhere in Scripture. For instance, while Samson was an incredibly muscular specimen, he often lacked spiritual maturity in many areas of his life. On the other hand, gimp-legged Mephibosheth exemplified strong faith in God while bearing a lame physique (literally).
Do you remember hearing the old Eskimo proverb about the wolves inside us? Whichever one we “feed” (whether good or evil), that “wolf” overshadows our identity. Similarly, my personal strength depends on quality time spent with my Father, the Giver of Strength. During these past few days, I have been meditating in God’s Word more intentionally than I’ve done in a long time. Consequently, the spiritual lioness inside me feels stronger with each devotion. The more time I spend meditating in God’s Word, the bigger the New Man grows and the more easily I crucify the Old Man.
This principle of time applies to my physical health journey. Lately, I’ve transformed my gym life from twenty minutes a session to sixty minutes. My planks have grown from thirty to almost sixty seconds at a time. Why? The more time I invest in fitness, the stronger I feel and the more easily I sustain cardio output.
Both kinds of strength have one thing in common: a direct ratio with time investment. I have a long ways to go with my growth, both spiritually and physically. However, it’s the daily little God-given victories that fuel my desire to continue “onward and upward.”
God, my War Lord, leads my path…so why should I give up the fight?
How about you? What are you spending your time on? Which “wolf” are you feeding?