God of Strength

Each day in November, the Everyday Truth blog is looking at a different name for God and providing a family devotional for you to use with your kids. The goal is to keep our hearts focused on giving thanks to God during the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

How strong are you? Can you lift a small dog? How about your brother or sister? Can you lift up your mom or dad? How about a 200-pound boulder?

Line up a few heavy things, and see whom in your family can lift the most. Did you know that even really strong people can only lift about 500 pounds? That sounds like a lot, and those people would have to be really strong.

Name some things that people do to get stronger. You probably came up with some ideas like eating right, exercising, practicing lifting things. Those things make our muscles strong, but there are different types of strength.

In Exodus 15:2, we find that one way that we can be strong is by asking God to make us strong. It says "The LORD is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him."

God offers to be strong for us in circumstances where we can't be strong. If a friend is asking you to do something that you know is wrong, God can give you the strength to stand up and say no. If you're having trouble with your homework or on a test, God can give you the strength to keep working until you figure it out. If you're having a disagreement with a friend, God will give you the strength to stay and work it out.

God will provide you with all the strength you need to do what is right. All you have to do is ask. Think of ways that God has made you strong. Share them with your family and write them on your thankfulness tree leaves.

Pray together and thank God for offering you an endless supply of strength. Thank Him for being strong when you aren't. Thank Him that His strength is never-ending.