Be Strong in the Lord

Anyone else tired these days?  I can’t get past this feeling of complete and utter exhaustion.   At times it overwhelms me.  I feel that I could sleep for days.  I’m not joking. 

But the reality is that I have children who need me.  A husband who needs a wife.  A house that needs cleaning.  A ministry to lead.  Life must go on… I cannot sleep it away!

When I’m exhausted, I often feel  weak. You know that feeling when your whole body feels like jello and it’s completely unable to move?  That’s the kind of weak I’m talking about.  Jello jiggler weak.

Feeling such exhaustion I have considered, how can I feel more energetic?  Maybe I should eat healthier food.  I should take my vitamins more regularly.  I should drink more water.  I should exercise more regularly.  I should talk to my doctor about having developed some rare chronic fatigue condition.

Last night my tired body ended up reading Ephesians 6:10.  In this passage it says, “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” 

Hmmm, my tired self began to think about this one.  “BE strong.”  BE.  Not do?

I want to do something about my tiredness.  I was searching for a plan to fix the weakness in my jello-like body.  But Scripture says to “be.”  God created us as human beings, not human doings. 

What is it that we are supposed to be?  This verse says that we are to be “in the Lord and in His mighty power.”    You can define the word “in” by the words contained or enclosed.  Insert this new definition – we are to be contained and enclosed by the Lord and His power

Has your spirit ever felt weak like jiggly jello?  Have you felt that you could not continue another day with anorexia, bulimia, or binge eating?  You don’t have enough strength for the fight.  You cannot withstand another day of the battle. 

The Israelites felt the same way.  Their spirits were tired from wandering in the desert for 40 years.  As they approached the Promised Land, they saw the strength and size of their enemy nations.  God called them to defeat these nations, but they were afraid.  In their fear, God reminded the Israelites that it was his hand that would “contain” them.  In fact, it was his hand that had rescued them before from slavery in Egypt… “it was his mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out of slavery.” (Deut 7:19)

Living with an eating disorder is enslavement.  Enslavement wears us to the bone, making us tired and weak.  ED is strong and powerful, just as the Israelite enemy nations.  

But through Jesus Christ, we can trade enslavement for "enclosement."  (I think that I just made that word up, but I like it!)

When we allow God to enclose us; to contain us with His mighty hand, then we are made STRONG.  Ephesians 6:10 says, “Be STRONG in the Lord and in His mighty power.”  Allow God to hold and cover you with His hands so that you can be made STRONG for the battle against ED!

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One Response to Be Strong in the Lord

  1. Kari says:

    I was sitting here this morning, having gone 5 days since my last binge/purge cycle (the longest in way too long…), reading your passionate, inspiring post and just smiling at the way God so easily strengthens me when I actually give me eating disorder up to him; when I relinquish power and give HIM the power to do great things with my life. And then, because our Lord is so amazing and quite funny sometimes, my Pandora station began playing the song "Be Strong in the Lord by the Sidewalk Prophets. Awesome Lord. 🙂 Thank you for your words of encouragement and reflection!! God is using you for amazing things and your words will stick with me this week as I am STRONG IN THE LORD! blessings, K

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