The Christian in Complete Armor by William Gurnall. Page 23-24
The Apostle Paul had a discerning heart. In writing to the earlier Followers of Yeshua (Jesus) at Ephesus, he knew he had to prepare them for unprecedented hardship. But first he longed to encourage and comfort them, so he reminded them of the Lords strength:
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. (Eph. 6:10)
It was as if he were thinking, ‘Some of my dear friends must be quaking in their boots to see their enemies so strong and themselves so weak, so numerous while they are so few, so well equipped and expert at arms while they are just a few raw recruits.’ He must have known a fear-wracked soul is too preoccupied with its present distress to listen to advise from anyone, even a well-meaning friend. Fear immobilizes it’s victim – like a distraught soldier who runs trembling to his foxhole at first rumor of an attack and refuses to come out until all threat of danger is past.
So Paul searches for an antidote to their fear and soon finds one. It is a timeless answer to the disabling condition suffered by every Follower since Adam. He tells us, ‘Don’t let your fears overwhelm you. March on with undaunted courage and be strong in the Lord. ..’ And here is the great consolation: *’The outcome of the battle rests on God’s performance, not your skill or strength!’
Surely every trembling soul will breathe a sigh of relief to hear this comforting news. Now the Follower can concentrate on the task at hand, which is to ‘be strong’. It is a frequent scriptural exhortation: ‘be strong and courageous’ (2 Chron. 32:7); ‘Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong’ (Isa. 35:4) In other words, ‘ Marshal all the powers of your soul and muster up your whole force, for you will need all you can get!’
***Continued tomorrow. ..***
Questions to ponder for further digestion 🙂
♡What does ‘be strong in the Lord‘ mean?
♡How do I distinguish the difference between ‘mustering up‘ my strength and pulling all my will into Gods?
♡How are You teaching me this Lord, right now, in my life, in this time?
Grace and peace in Yeshua the Messiah