The LORD Is Everlasting Strength
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.” (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Have you ever seen an evergreen tree? If you have seen a Christmas tree, or a cyprus tree, or a pine tree, or a cedar tree, then – yes! You have seen an evergreen tree! "Evergreen" trees are called that because they stay green throughout the year, even though other trees change with the changing seasons.
The Bible tells us many times that God is an everlasting Person with everlasting character traits. Like the word "evergreen," the word "everlasting" has the idea of continuing on and on and on forever. But God is even longer-lasting than an evergreen tree. Even the oldest and strongest and greenest of trees had to have had a beginning. Trees have to grow out of seeds, and one day, they will die off or be cut down. God has always been – He had no beginning. And He always will be! He will never end.
Since God Himself is everlasting, everything about Him is everlasting, too. His grace and His mercy are everlasting. His incredible power is everlasting. And in the verses above (Isaiah 26:3-4), the prophet Isaiah teaches us that God's strength is everlasting, too. Isaiah says that God IS everlasting strength. He would not be the LORD if He were not everlastingly strong!
Is your strength everlasting? No! No human being could say that he or she has everlasting strength. Even the healthiest and strongest of people eventually get tired or worn out. We have limitations because we have to sleep and eat and exercise in order to keep up our strength, and we can be injured or cut down by diseases. None of those things can limit God. He is almighty. He is all-powerful. And His might and power are everlasting.
Isaiah seems to think that the everlasting strength we find in the LORD Jehovah is a good reason to place our trust in Him! We can read, "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD Jehovah is everlasting strength." You can trust in the strength of the LORD forever, because the strength of the LORD will last forever!
We can trust in the eternal strength of the LORD Jehovah.
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Truth In Real Life
Betsie ten Boom
“We must tell people how good God is. We can tell them how wonderful God is, and how His love will fill our lives, if only we will give up our hatred and bitterness.”
When people hear the last name of “ten Boom” they often think of Corrie ten Boom. When the Nazis invaded Holland during World War II, Corrie ten Boom and her family helped their Jewish friends by hiding them in their home. A name less well-known, and much less honored, is that of Corrie’s sister, Betsie.
The ten Booms were known for honoring God by loving their neighbors as themselves. It was this love for people that ended up costing them their freedom, their health, and – in the case of Betsie and several other relatives – even their lives.
On February 28, 1944, after the betraying words of a fellow Dutchman, the Nazi secret police invaded the ten Boom home and took the entire household prisoner. The ten Booms and the people they were hiding at the time were split up and sent to terrible concentration camps where they were starved and treated with humiliating cruelty every day. Already old and somewhat fragile, Mr. ten Boom died after spending just over a week in prison. Corrie and Betsie spent the next ten months in three different prison camps.
Every single day they were together, Betsie encouraged Corrie in the Lord.
Corrie ten Boom – one of the few survivors from her family – often said that it was because of her older sister, Betsie, that she was able to have the strength to share God’s love. Betsie would talk often about the prison guards or the men who beat them. But instead of cursing them, Betsie would say things like, “I feel sorry for them,” or, “May God forgive them.” And she meant it. Betsie loved her enemies.
Betsie ten Boom died only a few days before she would have been released. Her sister Corrie’s name might not have been so familiar to us today if Betsie had not been her spiritual helper and best friend. What kind of brother or sister are you? What kind of spiritual help are you to your friends? Do you share God’s love?
Proverbs 27:17 – As iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.