There are times when, as we walk out our calling, we encounter difficulties. The prophet, Ezra, wrote in 1 Chronicles 16:11, “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.” (NASB 1995) Ezra knew who to go to when the way became hard. He relied on God’s strength to help him fulfill the task God had for him to accomplish. It is true for us as well. God is our source of strength. When we find ourselves in the middle of trials as we walk out our faith, only God can give us what we need to persevere. Ezra also knew that he needed a continuous connection with the Lord, for he continues by saying that we are to seek God continually.
Sometimes we can’t solve a problem on our own, so how do we rely on God? We humble ourselves and ask God to solve the problem through us. Trying to fulfill our calling in our own strength can only show us just exactly how little strength we have. The Bible tells us that only through Jesus do we have the strength to do what we are called to do. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (NASB 1995) Isaiah reminded God’s people, “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.” (Isaiah 40:29 ESV) God told the children of Israel, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 ESV) What an encouragement that is to the Believer! God promises strength to those who seek Him and trust in Him. He also promises to walk with us! He is right by our side each step of the way!
How do we go about seeking God’s strength? Through prayer, Bible study, and fellowshipping with fellow Believers who can encourage us in our calling. As we study God’s Word, we can find Scripture that will help us to remain faithful and keep us centered on God and His Will. When we are faithful in prayer, we are in constant communication with Him, and that makes the relationship between God and us stronger. When other Believers share what they have encountered and how they were able to get the victory, it helps us also be victorious. This is one reason why church attendance is so important. We are to encourage one another in the faith. “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11 CSB)
The Psalmist encouraged, “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!” (Psalm 31:24 ESV) When we wait on God and follow His leading, He gives us strength to accomplish what we are called to do and walk out our faith in front of those who are seeking what we have found. Let me encourage you as Ezra encourages, “Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.” (1 Chronicles 16:11 NASB 1995)