Do we wish to be weak or strong? Most of us wish to be strong, but we don’t seek the greatest source of strength. We are like a powerlifter who wants to compete in the Olympics while sustaining himself on a diet of Twinkies. God’s presence is our greatest source of strength. We choose to rely upon lesser things because we fail to comprehend the greatness of God. God is not like us and does not think like us; however, He gives us the opportunity to possess His magnificent strength. The Bible says: “And what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead.”(Eph. 1:19-20a) God transfers His strength to His children when we believe in Him; but we don’t believe in Him unless we spend time with Him. God’s holy presence is magnificent and powerful–like the sunlight. Charles Spurgeon said: “A man who walks in the sunlight of God’s countenance…is warm and strong. The sunlight of joy usually goes with the warmth of spiritual life. As the light of joy varies so does the warmth of holy strength; he who dwells in the light of God is both happy and strong. He who goes into the shade and loses the joy of the Lord becomes weak at the same time. So the joy of the Lord becomes our strength, as being an indicator of its rise or fall.” (C.Spurgeon Sermon 1027, Dec. 31, 1871) The light from God is constant. God said: “I the Lord do not change.” (Malachi 3:6a) We are the ones who change. We make the decision to seek joy and strength from things and people who are not the SOURCE of strength and who struggle with the challenges and sinful nature that we possess. We cannot live on twinkies and expect to be a world class powerlifter. When we choose to enjoy the sunlight of His Presence, He warms us and infuses us with the same strength which resurrected His Son. AMAZING!!! He increases our ability to resist temptation because we are filled with HIS rich joy which completely satisfies us. When you meet people who walk in God’s presence, it’s evident that they have been in His nourishing light because their soul is not pale, emaciated and sickly from the wickedness of the world. When we walk in God’s Presence–HE becomes our Joy and strength.