“The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.”
Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” There is no doubt that the Christian life can become wearisome. The trials you face can wear you down to the point that you want to quit everything and just go into hibernation. There are times when the battles you face seem to never stop, and there is a part of you that just wants to run away from everything. Have you ever been to that quitting point where you feel that your strength is gone?
Anyone who has served the LORD for any length of time will come to that point where they feel spiritually weak and don’t know if they can take another step. What is the answer when you come to the point where you have no more strength? What do we need to do to gain the strength we need? The Scriptures give us clear guidance on what to do to regain the strength needed to continue.
First, righteous living is one source of regaining strength. The verse above says, “The righteous also shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.” There is something about doing right that gives strength to continue. What is often forgotten is that sin always takes the strength from the mighty. Righteous living gives strength because it produces fruit that encourages you. When you look at the fruit of the righteous, you will find it gives you the encouragement you need to continue when you feel like quitting.
Second, waiting on the LORD renews your strength. Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength…” God sometimes has you wait on Him because it gives you time to grow in the faith so you can have the strength for the next task He has for you to do. Don’t let your desire to move on cause you to move ahead of God. God knows when you need to move forward, and He may be stalling you from doing what you want to do because He knows you are not yet strong enough to do it. God’s waiting period is often a growing period to give your faith strength for the journey ahead. Learn to wait on God and realize that He knows when it is best for you to move forward.
Third, depending on the LORD helps you to regain strength. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” My friend, we often don’t realize the strength in our weakness. The reason you are stronger in your weakness is because in your weakness you must rely on God’s strength. When you are working through God’s strength, you’re stronger than if you are working through your own strength. Don’t fight the trials you face, because they have a way of weakening you to the point where you must rely on God’s strength to get you through. It is in His strength that you are made complete.
Always remember that the LORD is the source of strength. Matthew 11:28 reminds us, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” As long as you stay focused on the LORD, you will find that He will help you to regain the strength needed to take the next step in your journey of faith.