Finding God’s Strength … by Caitlin and Glen Tarr

Today’s Reading – Psalms 80 – 85  (Click on the references to listen to the audio – Click here to view the passage from Blue Letter Bible)

(Second Milers also read – Matthew 3 – 4Psalms 6 – 10Proverbs 2)

Listen to this morning’s Scripture song – Joshua 1:8

Read the “0702 Evening and Morning” devotion for today, by the late Charles Haddon Spurgeon.

“Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.” (Psalm 84:5-6)

When reading Psalm 84 the two words that stuck out to me were strength and Baca.  Finding out that Baca could mean weeping, I also associated the word with the word weakness.  I then went to focus on finding God’s strength when we are weak.

During 2020, I have found myself at some of the weakest points in my life.  I had to leave school for medical reasons which I now call a blessing in disguise because I was safely at home when the world shut down due to COVID.  When it was time to register for classes for the summer and fall semester, I was excited to register and get back to school.  Try to make up some of the credits I lost in the spring semester.  Yet again, I am finding that the Lord has other plans for me, one’s I don’t understand.  I was unable to secure the funding for school and have been forced to take a leave of absence for the upcoming school year.  Yet, through this all, one thing has remained the same: God.  I have been able to pray and gain his strength.

Two quick examples from the Bible Isaiah 40:27-31 and 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. Both passages talking about the strength of God. The same strength that we can call upon when we are weak. His power never fails, never needs to be recharged. His power and His strength are both ours when we call upon the name of the Lord.

One of my favorite poems is Footprints in the Sand, the author unknown.  The last line reads this, “My precious child, I love you and would never leave you.  During the times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints in the sand it was then that I carried you.”  Through all the trials in our lives, through all the storms of this life, God has always been there.  His strength, not ours, gets us through.  He has placed people in our lives to help us get back up on our feet when we stumble and fall.

Every situation we find ourselves in, whether that be good or bad, God is there.  All we need is to ask for His help and remember it is his footsteps we see in the sand when we need the most help.

Glen and Caitlin Tarr

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