Book: Proverbs 11
“When the wicked die, their hopes die with them, for they rely on their own feeble strength.”
This is a good question to ask yourself, “am I relying on God’s strength or my own strength?”. Often you can answer this question by looking at the emotions involved. Are you feeling joyful? Are you full of peace? Or are you feeling anxious, impatient, angry or full of worry? If you are in a negative emotional state then you can be quite certain that you are relying on your own strength.
One day I was just getting ready to head out the door to work. I was busy doing this and that when all of a sudden I stopped. I sensed something was wrong. When I did a check, I realized that I was feeling unusually anxious about going to work. It was such a strong emotion that I could even feel that my muscles were tense and that I wasn’t breathing normally. This particular day of work I knew that I had an extra challenging task to accomplish. I liked this task but felt that I had to work extra efficiently to get it all done and done well. I was wanting to prove to my boss that I could do a good job so that she would give me this task again but also I was worrying that I couldn’t do it as well as her. When I realized that this worry was behind my emotional state I quickly took it to the Lord.
The Holy Spirit convicted me that I was looking for man’s approval rather than God’s. He guided me to pray and ask Him if He approved of my work. I remembered the verse “an approved workman is not ashamed”. I felt God say that He approved of my work especially when I was trying my best. I asked forgiveness for my worry. Then realizing that I didn’t have to work in my own “feeble” strength I asked God for His strength to do a good job. The peace returned to my heart as I rested in the knowledge of His approval and His promise to help in my time of need.
The day did not go as planned with many interruptions during my task but I remained at peace and calm as I knew that God had everything in control. Happily, since then, my boss has given me this task to do again.
Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles”.