Where Do You Go For Strength?
“You (LORD) are my strength; I wait for You to rescue me, for You, O God, are my place of safety.”
A Martyr is a Christian who makes the choice to suffer death rather than deny Christ, or His work. They endure great suffering as a Christian witness, and they make the ultimate sacrifice which is death, to further God's Kingdom.
An example of a Martyr in A.D. 1529 was Anna of Freiberg who was drowned and then burned. The reason she was condemned to death was because of her faith in Christ, and she would not deny Him. Anna knew where to go for strength and she earnestly prayed as she was about to die. According to the website womenofchristianity.com a few lines of her prayer were: “Dear, eternal heavenly Father, I call upon thee, from the depths of my heart; do not let me turn from Thee, but keep me in Thy truth unto my end...I commend myself to God and His church; may He be my Protector today, for His Holy name's sake. O my Father, let it be done through Jesus Christ. Amen.”. Although she was accused of false doctrine, and suffered persecution, she remained faithful to Him.
Annie Johnson Flint knew where to go for strength when she wrote the words for a hymn titled: “God hath not promised skies always blue”. A few lines are: “God hath not promised skies always blue...Flower-strewn pathways all our lives through;...God hath not promised sun without rain...Joy without sorrow, peace, without gain...But God hath promised strength for the day...Rest for the labor, light for the way...Grace for the trials, help from above...Unfailing sympathy, undying love...”.
In the Bible, David experienced testing and trials. However, David was able to maintain his faith in Almighty God. He learned through those events to go to God for his strength. For example, in Psalm 59, Saul had sent soldiers to watch David's home in order to kill him. David went to God for strength. He stated in a prayer: “To You, O (God) my strength...I will sing praises;...For God is my stronghold (my refuge, my protector, my high tower), the God who shows me (steadfast) lovingkindness.”. (AMP).
Christians today will have testing and trials. The world does not seem to provide near enough energy to survive them as the day often brings more challenges. Their faith is being stretched, and where should they go for strength?
For a believer, the above examples are of people who knew where to go to find strength, and that was in Almighty God. Try to recall the last uttered prayer of the Martyr, Anna of Freiberg; the words of Annie Johnson Flint's hymn; and where David went when he knew his very life was in danger. All of them drew upon Almighty God for strength.
Where do you go for your strength? Go to Almighty God! He will provide it to you.
Lord God, thank You for providing Your strength to endure the testing and trials of the day. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington