Strength In The Quiet

Are you in need of strength right now?

There is a secret to getting strong in the Lord. Especially if you are going through a difficult time. You’ve heard people say, “I can’t see the forest for the trees.” That’s how life is sometimes. So what can you do to find spiritual strength?

The Lord says, “In quietness and confidence is your strength” (Isaiah 57:15).

When the disciples were exhausted from a busy ministry, Jesus said, “Come away with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest a little while” (Mark 6:31).

You will discover that you can find strength in the quiet. Solitude is the place where you can stop everything and draw near to God, think about all He promises in His Word, and be transformed as He changes the way you think.

The Lord invites you to Himself when He says, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Knowing He is God changes everything in your view of your life. You discover what I call the eternal perspective — the ability to see all of life from God’s point of view and have what you see affect how you live in the present. In the quiet place you will be drawn by God to ask, “Lord, fill me with Your power — fill me with Your Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18).

As I was strolling through Muir Woods National Monument with my camera this past summer, I came to this beautiful place where the water was flowing and green ferns were growing and thriving along the shore. We grow strong when we stay close to Christ and drink in His living water. Jesus says —

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”
John 7:37-38

Those rivers of living water are the picture of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. And as they flow from our innermost being we will experience strength in the midst of every challenge in our life. Paul was told by God that power is perfected in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). And Paul ultimately was able to say, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

I love these words by one of my favorite heroes of the faith, Charles Haddon Spurgeon —

Perhaps you have a task that is much too heavy. Then you have the honor of being placed where you can display your trust in God. What you can do you must do, but what you cannot do and must do, you may confidently expect the Lord to enable you to perform. He will elevate your weakness into a platform for His power. When you reach the end of your resources, you get to the beginning of God’s resources. You may look at your trouble until your spirits sinks. You may watch God’s adversaries until your soul is heavy with despair. Lift your eyes to Him who works all things according to His will. Across His face no cloud can ever pass. He speaks and it is done. He commands and it stands still. He bears up the arch of heaven and, unaided, wheels the planets along their trackless courses (Heb. 1:10). When you lift up your eyes to Him, difficulties vanish, impossibilities end, and perils and dangers cease. Get away from the world and nestle under God’s wing. Exchange doubt for certainty and fear for confidence. Faith laughs at what fear weeps over. Faith leaps over mountains at whose feet mere mortal strength lies down to die.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Beside Still Waters

So, instead of running in all directions, perhaps panicked and worried, stop everything, and find a quiet place where you can draw near to God and be renewed, restored, and revived.

When you do this, dear friend, you will find a great strength in the quiet.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Strength In The Quiet
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  • Description: Walking along the path in the beauty of Muir Woods near San Francisco, California, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 08/09/15
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 24-120mm, FL 105mm, ISO 400, f/16, 1.0sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photoshoot in Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, California, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, RadLab Software, Nik Software, OnOne Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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