“We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—
not the grim strength of gritting your teeth
but the glory-strength God gives.
It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy…”
Colossians 1:11 (MSG)
Are you enduring something today that seems “unendurable?” Perhaps you are suffering through pain or heartbreak that feels unbearable, like you don’t have the stamina to take another step. Or maybe you are living through oppressive circumstances that seem impossible to tolerate, and you are completely depleted of your own energy.
The great news is that God gives “glory-strength” to His children, which allows us to endure the seemingly unendurable. The strength of the Lord will support you and carry you through your time of suffering. His divine power source gives you the inner fortitude to stick it out over the long haul, and it’s a source of energy that is readily available and constantly renewable. Each one of God’s children has a direct pipeline to this heavenly power supply, so there will never be an energy crisis with God’s children!
The truly beautiful thing about the uplifting strength that God’ provides is that it spills over into joy. Once you tap into the glory-strength of God, you realize that with Him, you can endure anything! And that wonderful realization brings about a pure joy which bubbles up from inside and spills into all areas of your life. Your circumstances might not have changed one bit, but you have been infused with a glorious strength to endure the unendurable!
“I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. ”
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
Though you have not seen Him, you love Him;
and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him
and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.
2 Peter 1:8 (NIV)
Imagine the feeling of inexpressible joy! There are many joyous moments in life that bring about such a feeling: the birth of a precious baby, finding the love of your life, landing your dream job, …even good news from an oncology report. Of course all of these wonderful events would naturally elicit the feeling of indescribable joy, but for the child of God, joy can be experienced even in the darkest moments of life.
Here’s the astonishing truth: Joy is not the absence of sorrow, disappointments, struggles, or suffering. Joy is God’s presence in all things.
Joy is an aspect of God’s nature and character, and so to draw near to God is to draw near to joy. As a child of God, you can tap into inexpressible and glorious joy continually. When waves of difficulty crash over your life, the burden is greatest if you feel a sense of isolation in the midst of your suffering. Yet when God is there, all your difficulties are infused with His mysterious and glorious joy. Spend time in His presence and be filled you with His inexpressible joy, no matter what you are facing in life.
- “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5b (AMP)
- “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10b (NIV)
- “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8a (NKJV)
- “You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” Psalm 16:11 (NIV)