Endurance is what you need now. ... Then you will receive all that he has promised.
“For in just a little while,
the Coming One will come and not delay.
And my righteous ones will live by faith.
But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.”
But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved. (Hebrews 10:36–39)
You are one of the faithful ones, dear reader.
We are taking hold as best we can of the strength that prevails, the glory of God in us, so that we might have all we need to navigate these days victoriously. That strength, that beautiful, overcoming strength comes from the source of life himself, from Jesus Christ who dwells within us. It makes sense, then, that we would practice turning our attention to Jesus within us, learning to draw from his strength in the depths of our being.
It’s important we remember that the strength that prevails is a strength given to us by God. This is not something we conjure up. It’s not gritting our teeth and doubling down. You’ll hear athletes talk of digging deep when some great contest is upon them. Soldiers use the same phrase, and it’s good in the way it describes tapping into our deepest resources. But the similarity ends there, for the strength we are after is a supernatural strength that rises up from the God who not only created us but dwells within us.
“God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:26). How wonderful, how life-changing it is to experience God as the strength of your heart!
We are talking about the beauty, strength, and glory of the oceans, forests, waterfalls, thunderstorms—all the wild power of creation. This is the power of God made available to us. Imagine if that beauty, strength, and glory not only dwelt within you but could be tapped into whenever you needed? Let your imagination go there for a moment.
The God of the open ocean dwells inside of me. His power is mine to draw upon.
This is Christianity as it could be:
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being. (Ephesians 3:14–16)
In order to tap into that wild strength, we tap into God.
Like a tree sends its roots down deep into the subterranean world, we must learn to tap into the presence of God where he resides within us, deep in our inmost being.