Weekly Devotional: Finding Strength in Him

Kennedy Lane

A girl flexing her muscles

“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10

Classes have settled in and by, now students are starting to get to the heart of their classes. Homework starts to stack up and the hours put into studying increases. Soon students find themselves missing sleep to instead study and ditching dinner to squeeze in more homework time.

It’s easy to quickly fall into the trap of wanting to be perfect and achieve all that is in front of us. We see other people who are finding the content and homework easy, so why can’t we? Maybe we need to study more, write more, etc.

This kind of behavior will quickly cause you to crash in a downward spiral. Getting little to no sleep will deteriorate not only your physical health, but mental and spiritual health as well. When you are so focused on one part of your life and ignore other aspects, those other aspects will begin to suffer.

God promises us strength in a time of weakness (Isaiah 40:29). He wants us to come to Him and lean on Him for help. He loves and delights in it. There is no way that we can be strong on our own and that’s why God is always there, ready to take the lift off our shoulders and carry it himself.

When you feel overwhelmed from school and all the responsibilities you shoulder, stop and be with God for an hour or so. Open up your Bible, go to church, go to a Bible study or pray. Spending time with the Father will rejuvenate you in ways that you don’t even know. Speak your worries to Him and ask Him for help. He won’t desert you or ignore you, He will help you in accordance to His will.

You don’t have to pretend to always be strong and determined to do well. Many times our failures are one step away from discovering our passions. God will lead you to where you are supposed to be. You just have to put down the book, take a breather and talk to Him.

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