“The Lord strengthen and protects me; I trust in Him with all my heart.” Psalm 28:7a (NET)
“Will you trust Me in the shadow as well as in the sun?'” God said to me. “Do you not yet know that inner strength comes in and through the struggle?”
Strength comes through the struggle.
Yes, it does. And the same is true for strength-training. In order for our muscles to grow stronger, they need to be progressively overloaded. In other words … to get stronger, muscles need to be systematically and repetitively loaded beyond the point at which the muscle is normally loaded. Plain English? A muscle needs to repeatedly work against resistance to a point of fatigue. Then the muscle repairs and grows.
This is how God made us. As we struggle to lift a heavier weight, our muscle is growing stronger. It is one of His principles in this world. And when we struggle to get through trying times, we get stronger in spirit too. (See also “Growing Stronger” post (8/10/15) and “Growth” post (6/24/14)).
So every time I weight-train these days, I think about growing stronger. I think about all of me growing stronger. Because, rest assured, the thought and intention I put into my weight-lifting routine is nothing compared to the thought and care God puts into the “shadows” He allows me to go through.
“Will you trust Me in the shadows as well as in the sun?” He asks.
Yes, I will Lord.
And with You by my side, I trust that I can and will come out stronger on the other side.