Acts 9:19, 22 “19 and he took food and was strengthened. 22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.”
Paul has just been saved after meeting Christ on the road to Damascus. He had been blind for 3 days until Ananias came and the scales fell from his eyes. These two verses both use the word strengthened or strength, but interestingly enough they are two different words in the Greek. Verse 19 uses the Greek word “ischus” which deals more with physical strength or health. Verse 22 uses “dunamoo” which is more the power to perform.
Okay, I probably just lost you. No, listen! Verse 19 focused on getting Paul physically healthy after his encounter with Christ, and verse 22 shows the empowering of God in his life to face the Jews. God was the source of healing and empowering. He was at work in all aspects of Paul’s conversion, physically and spiritually.
Our children need to know that God has His special touch for each aspect of our lives. When we are physically weak or sick, God can reach down and heal. When we are spiritually weak or weary, God can give us the power to rise up. He wants to work in very part of our life, but we have to allow Him to do that.
Paul was made blind for a purpose. Remember, he was a learned man and may have just jumped on his own agenda. God made him rely on others to even get to Damascus after being struck blind. He made him rely on Ananias for healing. He made him rely on Him to have the power to confront the Jews.
Our children have to learn to rely completely on God. It doesn’t matter what they are facing, the only strength that matters is His, not theirs. Won’t you model that also? Won’t you show them that you too rely on God for the strength to carry on?