…be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. (Ephesians 6:10 ESV)
Being strong in the Lord isn’t easy because we are being drawn away from him every day. Work, school, family functions and so much more can draw our attention away from him. These are all not bad things, which means that even the good things can sidetrack our minds.
If we are to be strong in the Lord, then we learn to walk into his presence and remain there. Can we empty ourselves of our own agenda so that we can accomplish his will? The discipline of surrendering is a challenge because we are taught to be self-sufficient and resourceful. To be a grown-up means that you can independently care for yourself. Being dependent is counterintuitive, and quite frankly childlike. But perhaps that is what Jesus meant when he said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:3 ESV).
As children, we humbled ourselves thinking that our parents knew everything. We did not question them and just did what they asked because they were “bigger” and “stronger” than us. This is the attitude we must learn to have again in our approach to the throne of God. We do not depend on our might, we depend on his because he is the one that keeps us alive and well.
I love how Isaiah described his response to the Lord in the following passage:
“The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious; I turned not backward” (Isaiah 50:4-5).
May we also do the same by following his example.