These words “Braver than you Believe, Stronger than you Feel, Smarter than you Think” are on a bracelet that my sister gave me. She gave them to all of her tribe who prayed her son through cancer. She said that it taught her that through Christ, and those with His Holy Spirit who intercede for us, we are all Braver, Stronger and Smarter. She felt the prayers. She felt the answer to those prayers for strength, endurance, wisdom and peace being offered for she and her family because she knew the guts that she had during that time, were not ones she possessed in her own right. I hope you have had an occasion where you FELT the prayers for you…FELT Jesus propping you up.
I have another friend and colleague who was able to “ring the bell” this week as she finished chemo. Her trek through cancer isn’t over as she has a month break before she starts radiation. Her focus on Jesus during this time has been not only inspiring, but also a great reminder that the Lord props us up when we are on journeys that are larger than us. I submit that He also props us up and gives us strength and confidence on the roads where we feel we are handling them on our own. If we dig deep, we know there is no such thing…a journey we handle on our own. There have been people and events in our lives that prepare us for the very thing that we feel we are handling by ourselves with ease. That preparation was no coincidence or random event, but rather the intentional planning of a God who loves us and desires the best for us. And then we have a God who is always with us – through the ease, and through the difficult.
Scripture tells us bunches of times that God is with us, will never leave us, nor leave us in a poop-pile alone. Here are just a few of those verses: Genesis 28:15, Deuteronomy 4:31, Deuteronomy 31:6-8, Joshua 1:5, Joshua 1:9, I Chronicles 28:20, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5.
Here are my favorite verses concerning our continual attention from God:
Isaiah 41:6 – 10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. “All who rage against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.
When I was young there was a TV show called the 6 Million Dollar Man. He was USAF Colonel and a NASA astronaut that crashed. He survived, but barely, and a team of bioengineers and doctors rebuilt him to be better, stronger, faster. Our Father can do that for us without technology! It is through His mere presence in our lives and the power of His Holy Spirit that we gain the minute we accept Him as our Savior and make Him our Lord that makes us MORE. He strengthens us to be STRONGER, He upholds us to be BRAVER, He guides us by our right hand so we are SMARTER in our decision-making. What a marvelous benefit package we receive by clinging to God!