Judges 16:20 “…”I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.”
When Samson awoke having had his hair cut off and strength taken from him, he did not notice until the men overpowered him. He did not notice that God’s strength had left him and that now he was just like everyone else. It begs to reason that if he didn’t notice that God had left him, did he ever notice God’s strength being there in the first place?
In our church house group we are studying about the Holy Spirit and we asked this question the other night: “How much do you have to feel of God to be in his strength?“. If I am honest, I sometimes feel like Samson, whereby I am serving God as much as I can, although I don’t really ‘feel’ like I’m doing it in his strength. If I am honest it just feels like my own strength…which God has allowed me to have.
You don’t have to feel God’s strength to be in God’s strength.
I am always challenging myself to try and do things in God’s strength because that is what I have always been taught. But in truth I don’t know how to do that. There are times where I can go no further but God’s strength and presence propels me onwards, but those are special and infrequent occasions. In our house group, we remarked how you don’t have to feel God’s strength to be in God’s strength. Feeling isn’t having. We often think that to be in God’s strength we have to enter ‘zen’ mode where we feel God’s presence physically and emotionally, but that does not always happen.
The Bible says that ‘the joy of the Lord is my strength’. Perhaps doing things in God’s strength is actually more about having the passion and zeal to do it? Perhaps it is more about the inner motivation than the outward effort? I know that I cannot alone muster up the motivation and passion to do things well, but God’s strength helps me in that.