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Here is the Daily Dose for Tuesday, March 3, 2020.
For I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
While I would not consider myself a “gym rat” I do enjoy working out sometimes. Typically I am in the cardio section of the gym but I always wondered about the strength training section. The strength training part of the gym is a world unto itself. It is where the people who are into weights hang out. I have a friend who is into strength training, so against my better judgment, I decided to work out with him one day. It was awful. We kept lifting heavy things. Heavier and heavier things. It hurt, a lot. I didn’t understand why anyone would willingly do this on a regular basis. But something happened along the way, I began to enjoy it. I began to enjoy pushing myself to lift larger and larger amounts of weight. After a few sessions of working out with him, what was hard in the beginning became easy and I was looking forward to my next level of lifting. This is until I ran into a weight I just couldn’t get up.
I was so upset. I had been lifting for a couple of weeks and was making great progress but I just couldn’t get this bar off my chest. I tried. I struggled. I started to turn purple. I huffed. I puffed. That bar was not going to move. That’s when my friend who was spotting me grabbed the bar and started lifting with me. He didn’t lift it for me, he just added enough of his strength so that I could lift what I couldn’t lift myself. We didn’t just finish that one lift but we finished the entire set. Me doing all I could and him giving me the help I needed while telling me I could do it. It was more than I could do, but together we got it done.
Friends, there are going to be times in your faith walk when you are simply not going to be able to do it yourself. You will have made gains, you will have stepped out on faith and done well, but then you will run into something that is more than you can handle. It is in those situations that you need to know that the Lord is spotting you. He sees you working as hard as you can, but when you don’t have enough he will reach down and lift with you. He won’t do it for you, rather he will give you the difference between what you have and what you need. Yet as you keep going you will get stronger and stronger until the next time he has to make the difference.