“I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10b
This weekend I am officiating a wedding and this verse is part of the scripture that will be read during the service. It is not a typical marriage text but one all Christians should be reminded of and take comfort in more and more. I know for me, daily I am reminded of my own depravity and tendency toward sin. It usually comes out in the way I talk, as if I have all the answers and everyone else is wrong. Or in the way I criticize inappropriately those in leadership around me. And in warring against this sin I could rely on my own strength to correct it, but that would put too much power in my hands (and I wouldn’t really be able to conquer it). But when I rest in the strength of the Lord, in what Christ has accomplished for me, then I am getting somewhere.
Being a Christ followers is not easy. We are faced with life in a broken world as broken people. But we have a different source of strength. One that is fully sufficient and good. A source that is extended in love and grace and restores us. Let us be people leaning into that strength today.