Being Renewed in Strength

“The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” -Psalm 34:10 (NIV)

I am unable to count the number of times I have seen nature documentaries featuring lions. But every time I happen to watch such documentaries, I am always amazed by how they portray the lion’s power and might. With the way they hunt and chase down their prey, it is no wonder they are often associated with the label, “king of the jungle.” In fact, it should come as no surprise that with its regal appearance and strength, the lion has been adopted as a symbol for many kings and empires. However, even lions can grow hungry and lose their vigor. A weakened lion may not even pursue a nearby gazelle if he is sapped of his energy and his legs cannot give chase.

Sometimes we may feel as if we are in the same position. Weary of everything around us we sink into fatalistic hopelessness. Though we reminisce of those days where everything seemed to be going our way, we resign ourselves to a false view that we are powerless and have been defeated. But the wonderful truth is that in our weakness, Christ is able to make us strong. When we have allowed His Spirit to enter our hearts and seek after Him, He will renew and restore us. When our situations wear us down, we are able to take hope in the promise that we are able to surrender our burdens to the One who holds the universe in place, and whose grace is more than sufficient for us. By entrusting ourselves into His hands, He will prove Himself to be faithful; giving us His strength so that we may find total fulfillment in His provision. In Christ we have victory, a victory that can never be taken away nor can ever be eclipsed, for nothing will be able to stand against Him.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.