I was supposed to meet my trainer at a certain time.
He is never late, never absent.
But this morning, I could not find him at the gym.
So after a few minutes of wondering,
I decided not to waste my time
and climbed back on the stationary bike I'd warmed up on
to do some cardio until he arrived.
My phone buzzed.
"Stuck in Traffic!"
Not unbelievable after the storms of last night.
The roads were tricky, and people moving slower.
So he had texted me that he would not make it
before our half hour was over.
Although I was disappointed,
I reigned in my selfishness and decided it would be fine.
I'll just strengthen myself!
This morning before I headed to the gym,
I had just been reading about David and his mighty men.
These were warriors that came to his aid
as he was hidden in the wilderness
and on the run from King Saul.
These men sought him out,
wanting to fight beside him,
to follow his leadership.
Now these were the heads of the mighty men whom David had,
who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom,
with all Israel, to make him king,
according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel.
1 Chronicles 11:10 NKJV
I absolutely love this...
mighty men, strengthening themselves!
And I believe that's what made me so quick to decide
to do the same.
I knew it was leg day,
so I just imagined what my trainer would have me do.
And once I set my mind to strengthen myself,
I actually had a great workout.
Because I chose to.
Just as these mighty men did.
They were Israelites who saw that they were losing ground
under the leadership of Saul.
So they joined the forces of David
seeking to make him King... as the Lord had planned.
But they needed to strengthen themselves
to be ready for what God would have them do.
And such is life today...
when things don't always go our way.
Surprises catch us off guard,
But we always have a choice...
will we let this ruin our day, or
will we determine
to set aside our selfishness...
and strengthen ourselves.
And today, of course,
I was talking about physical strength at the gym.
But the same is true spiritually.
For even when we begin to pray for something new,
we don't always hear the answer we want.
Or we don't hear anything at all.
But that does not give us a spiritual day off.
Why should we just stand still, waiting,
when we know #theTrainer would have us stay strong in the Lord.
And if we have been walking with God very long,
we have certainly begun to know how He thinks on a matter.
#theTrainer is very clear about His character
and His thoughts toward us,
throughout the Bible.
So just like this morning,
when my plans didn't go as expected,
I set my mind to do the things my trainer had taught me.
Similarly, when things in life don't go our way,
we can still set out mind to do things #theTrainer has taught us.
Even when I do not know specifically what to do next,
I can strengthen myself
like those mighty men under David's command.
I don't have to sit around and wait,
unproductive and scratching my head.
I can walk forward in the ways that #theTrainer has taught me.
And I will become stronger in my faith as I do.
I can still trust in God, no matter my circumstances.
I can treat people with respect.
I can be kind and loving.
I can look for opportunities to help others.
I can be an encourager to a friend in need.
And each day, I will become stronger in the Lord.
Let us too, be like the mighty men of David's time.
Let us strengthen ourselves in the Kingdom of God.
He knows how strong you really are...