As I spent time in prayer this morning, I was moved with compassion for those who are bearing a heavy load right now.
I believe the Lord would say to those who have an anxious heart:
“Be strong; fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you.” ~Isaiah 35:4
Imagine with me for a moment a construction site.
The land must be cleared and dirt moved in order to build a solid foundation for our new home. To move the dirt, the men bring in a bulldozer.
A man with broad, strong shoulders and thick, callused hands sits atop this massive piece of machinery. The bulldozer is in his control. He maneuvers the gears in order to direct the movements of the bulldozer.
The claw-like device on the back, called the ripper, is capable of breaking up the hardest of land. The blade on the front is capable of moving the weight of several tons of dirt and rubble with ease. The man uses his knowledge of the metal beneath him to break up the fallow ground.
The man atop the machinery is strong and has the brute strength of an ox, but left to his own devices, he is still not strong enough. He simply cannot carry the load the bulldozer can. The man armed with just a shovel would take days, and he would exert an enormous amount of energy trying to do what this bulldozer can do in minutes.
Could you imagine anyone hiring a construction company that only used a shovel to clear the land? It’s inefficient at best.
Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. ~Luke 12:32
My friends, God has given us specific work and circumstances to walk through. However, He never meant for us to bear the burden ourselves or do the work in our own strength. Like our man without a bulldozer, your strength will not move what God can! It was never meant to work that way.
It is God who will equip us with strength for the battle (2 Samuel 22:40). And it is Jesus who says that his yoke is easy, and his burden is light (Matthew 11:30).
Allow Him to be your God today. Strength and might apart from wisdom is ineffective (Proverbs 24:5).
My friends, strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. May you rest in His presence today, and go forth in His strength.