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The strength of your days

January 26, 2009

by Rev. Paul Marggraf, Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Delano

Moses said in Deuteronomy 33:25, “Your strength will equal your days.”

The beginning of a new year is always an occasion to stop and think about how quickly time passes. The Bible verse quoted above can help us put our thoughts about time in proper order.

For most of us, the sum of our days is about 70 years. Yet in the verse above, God doesn’t promise strength for our years; he promises strength for our days. That ought to clue us in on how he wants us to live – not year by year, but day by day.

Of course, God’s promise that our strength will equal our days still leaves at least one question unanswered as we look to the future. How many days will we have?

That question remains unanswered, because the answer is different for each person. Some of us will have fewer days in this new year than others. We won’t all survive. Yet whether the new year brings us 365 days or something less than that, one thing is sure: our Lord will provide the strength we need to see those days through.

What form that strength will take he doesn’t say. God has a way of giving different kinds of strength to different people. Perhaps he will give you physical strength to meet and beat the challenges of life. On the other hand, the strength he gives may turn out to be the strength of patience which will only allow you to endure life.

In any case, he offers all of us the strength of his gospel – strength which lets us face the future without fear of losing him; strength which assures us that our place with him does not depend on how well we spend the days and hours of the new year; strength which comes from knowing that Jesus has secured our place with God. That’s strength which makes life livable.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always.