Strengthened for Greatness

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
                                                         – Hebrews 11:11

Due to leg braces fitted to correct a curved spine, Forrest Gump was unable to walk properly. A young truck driver who liked to play guitars came to live in the same boarding house that Forrest and his mother lived. This young truck driver, who turned out to be Elvis Presley, was enthralled at the jerky hip thrusting movements that Forrest made while trying to dance to his guitar tunes. Elvis later became famous by imitating the dance.

Forrest was often bullied because of his physical disability and marginal intelligence. One day, while trying to escape some bullies chasing him, his leg braces fell off revealing the young man to be a very fast runner. Despite his low intelligence quotient, Forrest’s new running ability led to him receiving a football scholarship to the University of Alabama in 1963, becoming a top running back, being named on the All-American team, and meeting President John F. Kennedy.

Though Forrest Gump is a fictitious character from a 1994 American romantic comedy-drama film, one of the lessons from his story is that there is a strength that lies within us-a strength that can propel us to heights we might never know we could attain.

It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” In the words of Dr. Wayne W Dyer, “With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.”

Our scripture for the month in Hebrews 11:11 summarises the story of a woman who initially thought it impossible for her to bear a child. The fact that she had passed the age of childbearing had put paid to any dream of having her own child. But she had God’s promise! Though she doubted that promise at some points, at the appointed time she received strength and conceived at the age of 90. She gave birth to the son of promise!

Are the challenges facing you so intimidating that you think you do not have the strength to carry on anymore? Are you thinking of throwing in the towel because, physically or naturally speaking, your case is beyond redemption? Remember, Sarah too was tired and laughed when God tried to reassure her husband of His promise. Yet, they trusted God to do what He said He would do.

Whatever God has promised you that seems to be taking too long to manifest, be assured that He is never late. He can and will certainly come through for you. Your case cannot be as dead as Sarah’s womb. If He did it for her, He will certainly do it for you. But, like Sarah, you need to trust Him and receive strength to birth the impossible.

Even the apostle Paul was weak at some point in his ministry, but when he turned to God for help, he got it. God said to him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)

If you think you are at a low ebb, then you are the most qualified for His supernatural strength. After all, you are a covenant child of God. With Him on your side, there is no mountain too high to climb, and there is no goal too difficult to attain. And that is because, like Apostle Paul, God’s strength is made perfect in your weakness. What you have or do not have does not count when God is determined to do His work in your life. Just surrender to Him. Put your faith in Him. Meditate on His promises. Declare them over your life.

There is a side of you the world has never known or seen. And it is about to manifest. It does not matter how long you have waited, your light is about to break forth. You will sing a new song, and that song will be a song of victory. Like Sarah, God will make you laugh. Everyone who hears your testimony will laugh with you in Jesus name.

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