“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”
Psalm 73:26, NLT
Life fails us. Our bodies fail us. Our emotions fail us. There is only one thing that is guaranteed to us: the love of Christ. When everything else falls through, our God is reliable. I may be weak, but your spirit's strong in me! My flesh may fail; my God you never will! He remains as the strength of our hearts when all other strength is exhausted.
I think sometimes we wait until every last ounce of our strength is poured out before we actually hand over a situation into God's control. We tend to trust our own strength before even considering Christ's role in our lives. I am the biggest culprit when it comes to this pattern. I will do everything in my power to correct something and rely on my own strength, capability, and endurance. Then when I fall and can't bear the weight any longer—which is often— I finally raise my head up. And as always, he is faithful and moves my heart in ways I never could have done on my own. He adjusts me. (Because let's face it... more often than not, we are adding to the mess rather than straightening things out). But God remains the strength of our hearts.
He is mine forever.... He is not just mine when I'm on the floor. He is not just mine when I call out to him. He is not just mine when I'm alone. He's not just mine when he decides I need something. He is mine, forever and for always in this covenant relationship. He is mine forever. Take a moment to reflect on what that means in your life.
We need to focus more on letting Christ be ours whether or not we feel capable of handling life. He is mine forever so I want to live everyday with him and in his light and in his presence. I think of the way my husband is mine forever (kinda--at least in this life) and it fills me with excitement. Applying this concept with God in mind brings about even more joy! I get to live everyday with God by my side as the strength in my heart. But I still have to make the choice to live this out. God is reliable but what good is that reliability if we only choose to take note of it when we have lost all our strength? Had we taken note of his strength from the start, and trusted in being his, we never would have fallen. He is ours forever and so in every moment we must choose him; there must be reciprocity.
LORD. I will fail, and that is guaranteed. I know that these bodies are temporary and my health will fail as well. I have a weak spirit. BUT YOU, LORD, ARE THE STRENGTH OF MY HEART. I believe this… but I need you to train me in it. Shape my being to rely on you over myself in all of my life. May I rely on your strength daily and truly live as if you are mine forever.
Devotional written by Heather Christy. Graphic designed by Daniel Christy.