9And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. —Colossians 1:9-12
Ever feel wasted? Ever dealt with circumstances or people that have left you totally drained and lacking energy in your service for God? I have. Although I try hard to support and encourage people, there are times when it seems like everyone in the world needs my attention. Don’t get me wrong—I love to help. But sometimes you get to the point where you can’t talk to one more person; there’s nothing left to give. You need a strength that transcends your own.
This is not a one-time deal. The original wording implies continuous need and continuous supply. God does not come and say, “Need some strength? Here’s a booster shot. Now come back in a year.” It’s more like an IV with a continuous flow—God continuously gives us the strength we need.
The phrase according to His glorious might could be paraphrased, “empowered from God’s inexhaustible reservoir.” There is never a time when you come to God, and he says, “I’m kind of short right now. Could you come back on Thursday?” His resources for us are limitless.
When do we need strength the most? Notice the purpose given at the end of the verse: for all endurance and patience with joy. We need God’s strength so we’ll be patient during trials. Now patience is not rocking-chair acceptance: “Oh well. Here we go again.” It’s more like a soldier: an active, unrelenting endeavor so I won’t quit, so I won’t run, so I won’t fail.
Sometimes it’s not the circumstance but the people. Whereas patience is getting through difficult circumstances, longsuffering and endurance are needed when dealing with difficult people. These are virtues in the face of provocation. Job went through a major trial and lost everything except the one thing he should have lost—his wife! She is the worst wife in the Bible. While Job was trying to bear up under everything, she said, “Hey Job! Curse God and die!” We need strength not only to get through difficult circumstances, but also to handle the difficult people in our lives in a way that honors Christ.
So if you are up against circumstances or people that are draining your strength and leaving you wasted, don’t rely on your own strength. Rely on God’s, and then you’ll have all the strength you need.
Prayer: Father, Your Word says that You will strengthen me for whatever You allow in my life. I want so much to believe this, but I get so tired sometimes. Tired of complaining people. Tired of circumstances that are so difficult with no end in sight. Just plain tired. Please Father, help me to rely on You for all that I need. Help me be strengthened with Your glorious might. In Jesus’ name, Amen.