Towards the end of the book of Ephesians, the apostle Paul exhorts Christians, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might” (Eph. 6:10, ESV). It is a charge to stand firm in the faith and fight the good fight, it is an earnest command–and yet it is remarkably comforting for the believer faced with “this present darkness” (v.12).
We are not asked to stand firm by our own strength. We are not exhorted to somehow muster the might to contend with all the powers of darkness. We are not expected to accomplish such impossibilities, and we would be foolish to attempt them. We are called “be strong in the Lord“. Whose strength will enable us to stand fast? The “strength of his might“.
And He is mighty! He stretched out the heavens and scattered the stars like gems in the vastness of space. He crafted the creatures of the earth. He designed this physics of maddening complexity and strange forces, and maintains all by the strength of His arm.
He raised Jesus Christ from the dead and exalted Him to Lordship for His people (1:20-23).
We are called to stand in His strength, to face the world in His power, to hold steadfastly in His might. That is a different matter entirely. It is a challenge of faith, but a comfort in the face of the storm. Stand firm. Stand in the strength of Almighty God.