There is nothing weak about God. His love is strong. His wrath is strong. His justice, His light, His grace, everything about Him is so mighty we can’t fathom it.
And God is more than willing to empower us with His strength.
But not so we can spend that strength getting whatever we want. In fact, He may want us to use that strength in a rather surprising way.
[We pray that you will be] strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy;
-Colossian 1:11 NKJV
In this passage, Paul describes how he is praying for the Colossian church. (And there are so many wonderful things he prays for them, but I’m trying to keep this concise today.)
He prays that God would strengthen them with all might, according to God’s own glorious power. Does that not sound wonderful?
Then he goes on to say how that power will be used:
To have joy when we’ve been suffering for a long time.
Not just to patiently and miserably endure suffering. But to endure with joy.
The more I think about it, the more I realize I will definitely need God’s own power to succeed in that.
It might not look grand and glorious to the world. It’s not showy strength. Not the kind of strength that features in an action movie.
But it’s a steady, indomitable strength that allows us to rejoice even when we’ve been stuck in a painful situation for so long we hardly remember life before.
That’s God’s strength.