My weights are red, not black. I have the possibility of adding more discs to make them heavier, but I don’t. I suppose I get some sort of workout when I move them out of the way of the vacuum cleaner.
I know I should be using them to strengthen my arms. Age is working against me and with sleeveless weather upon us, I should be more motivated. I feel guilty when I read in Proverbs 31:17 that the virtuous woman strengthens her arms! Couldn’t I just be content with hauling around heavy grocery bags and overstuffed suitcases?
Our verse for today describes another kind of strengthening; that of the inner person. It is a strength unseen and given by the Spirit of God. It is His strength that He shares out of His limitless supply. I have always wondered why “strength” or “power” is not listed among the fruit of His Spirit in Gal. 5:22-23. The fruit is the evidence His presence. In contrast, perhaps the strength of His Spirit is “granted” to us when we pray for it. The context of this verse is a prayer of Paul’s for the Ephesians.
When I pray for His strength to be developed in me, He is gracious. He grants it because He is merciful, not because I deserve it. He gives me strength to stand firm in my faith when circumstances want to weaken it. He gives me strength to say “no” to temptation. I know it comes from Him as I am very aware of my weaknesses. But He does wait for me to realize my need and ask Him. Lord, how I need Your strength today!