I was reading a passage from the book of Judges the other day, and this tiny section of a verse practically leapt off the page to me:
Sometimes, life is hard, and all you can do is try to encourage yourself in the Lord (as David frequently did in the book of Psalms). When everything inside of you wants to give up and turn back, remind yourself of the small, but precious excerpt from Judges 5:21 – “O my soul, march on in strength.”
Today, I am tired. I did not sleep well the night before, and I had to push myself to get through the day. I’ve had to recognize that I’m working through several different issues right now – the Lord has me in a season of growth and pruning, if that makes sense – and sometimes my mind is very weary from trying to make sense of it all.
That’s why am grateful for Judges 5:21c. Consider:
- Long day? O my soul, march on in strength.
- Someone didn’t treat you right? O my soul, march on in strength.
- Spirit feeling low? O my soul, march on in strength.
- Experiencing some health challenges? O my soul, march on in strength.
- Confused about where God is leading you next in your life? O my soul, march on in strength.
- Drama in the workplace? O my soul, march on in strength.
- That relationship you hoped for – it didn’t work out quite the way you imagined? O my soul, march on in strength.
I could go on and on all night. The point is that – no matter what trial you may be facing now – keep on marching. Don’t stop, and certainly don’t turn around. Continue to trust God and His plans of your life, and most importantly, allow your soul march on in strength!
Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, You know that I am beyond tired today. However, I would like to thank You for giving me such a beautiful day – the weather was gorgeous, the climate warm, and the sky was perfectly blue. Thank You also for granting me the opportunity to go to church today, and to serve in children’s ministry. The children are such a fun and uplifting blessing in my life, and I’m grateful to serve alongside two wonderful men of God who have become dear friends, too.
Remind me that – when I’m feeling tired in spirit, in body, and in mind – to keep on moving. When I am too tired to carry on, I ask you to carry me so that we can march on in strength – together. In Your name I pray, Amen.