June 17, 2017
Be Strong in the Lord
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. – Romans 4:20
As most boys do, I believed my father was one of the strongest men who ever lived. He was a large man and had enough strength that if I described the feats he accomplished, you would probably think I was describing Superman.
In one incident, our family was traveling to Portland, Oregon, when we had a flat tire. This was an older car, about a 1931 Dodge, and once we were stopped at the side of the road, we discovered that we had no jack. However, this was no problem for Dad. He just lifted the rear end of that car so we could block it up, and then changed the tire. And he was not even breathing hard! We were back on the road in no time.
What was even more impressive to me was how strong Dad was spiritually. He believed the Gospel and accepted it the first time he heard it. In his own living room he knelt and prayed, and received salvation. He had an injured back, but soon after he was saved, ministers anointed and prayed for him. He was healed instantly! Like Abraham, “he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.”
In his strength, Dad could also be gentle. I was still very young when my brother became sick with appendicitis. The illness was not diagnosed immediately, so when the doctor came he said it was too late, the appendix had burst and gangrene had developed. It seemed as though my brother would die soon. Then Mom and Dad, as well as the rest of the family, knelt around his bed and prayed fervently. I do not remember seeing tears in Dad’s eyes often, but that day there were tears. Praise God, my brother was healed and lived for many years after this incident!
The strength God gives can be shown in many ways, and we appreciate the examples God has given us to prove that. Of course, few people will ever be as physically strong as my father was, but we can all be just as strong spiritually. When our source of strength is the Lord, we can move mountains!