“Finally, be strong in the Lord
And in His mighty power.”
(from journal entry July 6, 2010)
I have known people who are strong in the Lord. Also, I have dealt with people who are strong in themselves. As I see it, there is a world of difference between these two attitudes.
Those who rely upon God to guide them through their lives are the strongest people I know. They relax and are comfortable with themselves and those around them. They are a joy to be around.
Those who live for themselves seem to enjoy getting the last word in an argument or even a mild misunderstanding. They cannot face hardships without griping or grumbling. These people are those we have to be around.
Some of them live with a foot planted in both spheres—God’s world and the enemy’s.
When uncertainties come into the life of one strong in the Lord, he or she knows God is in control. I am reminded of the wise man who built his house on the rock. A person who’s weak in the Lord gets angry very easily. When I see this type of behavior, I am reminded of the man who built his house on the sand.
Update: As I looked through this particular journal, I realized that the summer of 2010 was eventful for us. In June, Hubby’s sister went to live in heaven. The entry after this one told of our trip to the ER for Hubby and his referral to an orthopedic facility. He had surgery a month later. The enemy threw quite a bit at me as I tried to help settle my sister-in-laws accounts and see to Hubby’s medical needs. And then Hubby had a scary complication that caused him to have that procedure done a second time.
But God’s presence guided us through these events.