Daily Strength

Cecil Martens

READ : Philippians 4:10-19

“It seems to me that Christianity has yet to be lived.” Mahatma Gandhi spoke those convicting words in 1931 at a worship service on a ship returning to India from a conference in London. Though he had studied the Bible and had great appreciation for the life, teachings and cross of Jesus, he chose not to become a Christian primarily because of the inconsistent lives of professing Christians he knew. Contrast that to the sincere testimony of Henri Nouwen, “I know now in a completely new way that if I am to succeed in fully living my life, in all its painful yet glorious moments, I must remain united to Jesus.”

It’s one thing to believe in Jesus as our Savior from sin. That is where Christianity for us really begins. But then comes the challenge of daily living, not by ourselves, but “Looking to Jesus,” trusting him for strength and wisdom in all we have to face. Paul lived his faith, “Christ gives me the strength to face anything” (v. 13, cev).

While Lina Sandell Berg was traveling with her father on a ship, he accidentally fell overboard and drowned. In need of strength, she wrote:

Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.

Father, I choose to trust in Jesus for needed strength. Amen