Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:9-14

“May you be strengthened with all power, according to HIs glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” (Colossians 1:11,12)

Let’s face it, life on this earth can be trying and difficult at times. The older I get the more I realize this fact. We face trials, disappointments, challenges, suffering and pain at various times in our lives. Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed with the issues of life. We may face obstacles and challenges that seem to be too big to overcome. This is why Paul prayed that we may be strengthened with all power, according to God’s glorious might.

We need God’s strength every moment of every day. God’s power is available to us when we ask Him for it and when we trust Him to enable us to face life with His glorious might. God’s strength in our lives produces endurance, patience and joy.

We must have endurance in order to live for the long run. Endurance means that we don’t give up, grow weary or lose heart. The great power of endurance comes to us when we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus — “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you may not grow weary and lose heart” (Hebrews 12:2,3).

God’s power also enables us to be patient. Often God calls us to wait on Him. We get impatient and want to take matters into our own hands; but His power enables us to be patient and to wait on Him. Patience is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22,23). We must draw upon the Spirit’s power in order to gain patience.

God’s power also enables us to find great joy. We come to understand that His power is perfected in our weakness (II Corinthians 12:9). We can find joy in our weaknesses because we know that God is at work in us. The key is to draw off God’s glorious power. Remember these words from Philippians 4:13 — “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Lord God, I so desperately need to be strengthened with Your glorious might. I look back over my life and I see Your hand upholding and empowering me to face difficulties, disappointments and trials. I need Your power every minute of every day. As I am strengthened by You, grant me endurance and patience with joy.


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