In our synagogue, we say, "Chazak! Chazak! Venischazeik! (written in Hebrew above) when we finish each book of the Torah. It means, "Be strong! Be strong! And may we be strengthened!"
This part of our Torah study is very precious and encouraging to me because it is a much needed reminder.
There have been times in my life when I thought I could not take another step. I have grown weary and wanted to give up, but I heard G-d say to my spirit, "BE STRONG!" I've been blessed because I chose to listen to that voice.
A few years ago, my daughter was in the hospital, very ill, and I had been awake for so many hours I'd lost count. I sat alone in the waiting room in the early, dark hours of morning and thought, I am so tired, L-rd, I can't go on.
At that moment, a security guard walked into the room, carrying a portable radio. He sat it on a desk near me, turned it on, and walked away. The radio was on a gospel music station, and the song playing at that moment was His Strength is Perfect by Steven Curtis Chapman. Through that song, I heard the L-rd say, "BE STRONG, and take courage!" His strength and courage came into my soul and my body, and I was able to keep going for many more hours.
No matter what task is before you and no matter how weak you feel as you face the load you have to bear, G-d will help you. He will give you strength to go on. He will help you finish what you've started, no matter how weak you may feel.
One other point...I don't know about you, Gail-Friends, but sometimes fear strikes my heart, especially when I watch the news. Over the years, I've learned to renew my mind by focusing on His Word instead of giving in to fear. I take courage. I take His strength to replace the anxious thoughts.
Here are some words of encouragement for times of weakness or fear:
"...take heart and BE STRONG" (Deuteronomy1: 28 and
"BE STRONG, and keep your courage high; there must be no cowardice, no
flinching before them" (Deuteronomy 31:6).
"...BE STRONG, and keep your courage high" (Deuteronomy 31:7, 23).
then, BE STRONG . . . BE STRONG you must, and keep your courage high, carrying
out faithfully the law my servant Moses enjoined on you; never swerve to right
or left and you shalt order your life truly. . . . Courage, BE STRONG, that is
what I ask of you; no room for fear and shrinking back, when the L-rd your G-d
is at your side wherever you go. . . . Courage, then, BE STRONG" (Joshua
keep your courage high and BE STRONG" (1 Kings 2:2).
STRONG, fight we valiantly for our people, and for the city walls that are
sacred to our G-d" (2 Samuel 10:12 and 1 Chronicles 19:13).
"Courage, then, my son; the L-rd be with you, and prosper you ever. Build
a house for the L-rd your G-d, as he has promised . . . BE STRONG, and keep your
courage high, never doubting, never daunted. . . . To the task, then! The L-rd
will be ever at your side" (1 Chronicles 22:11, 13, 16).
is this house to be built, the L-rd's sanctuary; on you his choice has fallen;
courage! To the task!" (1 Chronicles 28:10,).
"Be strong, courage! To the task! Never doubting, never daunted; the L-rd your
G-d will be at your side, never failing you, never forsaking you, and see that you
have strength to do all that must be done for his temple" (1 Chronicles
you, take courage; never slacken your resolve . . . Upon hearing the inspired
words of this prophet, Asa's courage rose" (2 Chronicles 15:7, 8).
"BE STRONG, he said, and keep your courage high; let there be no
shrinking, no faint hearts, at the sight of the Assyrian king and the hordes
that follow him; we have many more on our side than they on theirs. Theirs is
but mortal strength; we have the L-rd our G-d to aid us, and fight on our
side" (2 Chronicles 32:7, 8).
"Nay, fears are not for you . . . Take courage, and be strong! With that,
I found my strength again; Speak on, my L-rd, said I; you have put a new heart
into me" (Daniel 10:19).
"Take heart, keep high your courage, all you that wait patiently for the L-rd:
G-d understands our frame, and He encourages us to be strong and courageous. Remember, it is our choice.
My dear Gail-Friends, no matter what you're going through today, I pray for you to choose to BE STRONG and take COURAGE.
As you meditate on these Scriptures, you might enjoy listening to this song, entitled "Chazak!"
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