“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12: 30
When Jesus was asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” He gave the response found above. It’s good to think and pray and ponder about loving God with heart…soul…mind….and strength. We memorize it. We say it. We agree with it. But do we do it? And – how exactly can we do it?
I’ll leave you on your own with heart, soul, and mind – today I want to focus on strength.
If I asked you about loving God with all your strength, I’m guessing many of you would respond, “Honey, that would not be much!” If someone asks, “Got strength?” you might respond, “None left!”
If that describes you, then perhaps it’s time to claim the promise of Psalm 29: 11: “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses His people with peace.”
Isn’t it interesting to note the connection between strength and peace in this verse. The challenges and issues of this world that zap us of our strength are also the very things that rob us of our peace.
When we have no strength, we can call on Him to give us his. And when we are given His strength, it comes with the added blessing of His peace!
And when His strength becomes our strength, we can proclaim:
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4: 13
Even our strength to love Him is a gift from Him! What a joy to love our great God – the source of all joy, love, and every good thing we are blessed to enjoy!