God's Strength, Our Strength

Psalm 44:3 says: "It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them."

Joshua may have led the Israelites into the promised land, but they did not win it by their own might. God led them. God fought for them. God confused their enemies. God gave them the land He promised.

Make no mistake, they did their part. They showed up. They fought when God told them to fight, and they stood and watched when God fought for them. They marched around Jericho and shouted, and the fortified wall crumbled. They did not do that. God did.

Sometimes in the battles we face, we must fight with all our strength. Sometimes God uses our own battling against a bad habit to overcome it. Even then, He gives us power to keep fighting when we're tired and to face it with His own strength beyond ours.

Other times, God knows the enemy we face is stronger than we are, and He fights for us. When Israel came out of Egyptian slavery, they found themselves trapped between the Red Sea and the armies of Egypt. Exodus 14:13-14 tells us what God said to them through Moses: "Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.'” Stand firm and see the deliverance of the Lord!

Bishop Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD) is also known as Saint Augustine. He said something that works well in most of our lives. "Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you."

When God's strength is added to our strength, then our strength grows exponentially. Sometimes we grow weary in life. We become tired of the battles. We burn out from spending ourselves to keep up with life, and then life piles on even more responsibilities and challenges. In our own strength, we do not have the power to live a life of victory. Jesus knows this. He told us in John 15:5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

So here's the thing. When we are spent and overwhelmed, God is with us. When life is too hard, Jesus stands alongside us. When we cannot win the battle alone, we have incredibly good news. We are not alone. The Holy Spirit lives in us. God fights alongside us and for us. We will not be destroyed. In eternity, every wrong will be righted and every tear will be dried. In the meantime, we can face every battle in God's strength, not just our strength. And when God is involved, fortified walls crumble and enemies cannot win.

And why does God battle with us and for us? The last four words of Psalm 44:3 tell us: "For you loved them." You are loved. God is with you. Hold on to Him. Like the old song says:

Jesus loves me, this I know

For the Bible tells me so

Little ones to Him belong

They are weak, but He is strong!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

Yes, Jesus loves me!

The Bible tells me so.

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