We pray all of you are well during this Thanksgiving season.
We’ve had an interesting change of plans as far as our performance dates are concerned. Nothing we’re worried about, mind you. We know all things will work together the way they need to work. We’ve seen God work in this way. When a door is shut, it’s not long before another opens. Have no fear; our presentation on the 30th is still slated to go, though if you don’t speak Spanish, you may need an interpreter (in case you didn’t read our post….well, go read it!). 😉
So our original venue for Thanksgiving was cancelled, but we were able to find another place to perform onThanksgiving Day. We will be performing at the Lancaster United Methodist Church. For more information on times and location, please see our event on Facebook.
For those of you just joining us, we have been studying the various meanings of Cazaq, and applying those meanings to our everyday lives. Last time we…met? Read…we discussed the second definition of Cazaq, Hiphil. One way to look at Hiphil is sustaining and encouraging strength, His strength, within you. The scripture we used as an example of application was Isaiah 27:5:
“5 Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me.”
In the story, if you remember, Deter, Compa and Wisda taught Cazaq that it was Merciful Creator who gave Cazaq the strength to be who he was created to be.
So now, we move on to this week’s definition, Hithpael.
- to strengthen oneself
- to put forth strength, use one’s strength
- to withstand
- to hold strongly with
The definition we’ll be focusing on today is definition 2 and 3. Once we learn to Hiphil, to take hold of His strength within us, we then need to learn how to harness and use that strength.
Let’s look at some application verses.
In the book of Nehemiah, Nehemiah is a serving at the palace of King Artaxerxes when he hears about the devastation of the wall in Jerusalem. God revealed a plan to Nehemiah about the rebuilding of the wall, and how Nehemiah and the people were to rebuild it themselves. He waited for the right time to tell the people, and when he did, this is what happened:
“17 Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach. 18 Then I told them of the hand of my God which was good upon me; as also the king’s words that he had spoken unto me. And they said, Let us rise up and build. So they strengthened their hands for this good work.” Nehemiah 2:17-18
When the people heard what they needed to do, as daunting of a task as it was, they not only strengthened themselves from within, but strengthened themselves for the task at hand, prepared to harness and use, or put forth, the strength for the long road ahead.
Once you put forth your strength, sometimes you have to use that strength to hold yourself up, or withstand. Everyone, or just about everyone, knows the tale of Job, the man who lost everything, every material possession, all his children, and even his friends. God was confident in Job, and the chazaq he had, that he could withstand the trials and testing that were coming to Job. God was so confident, he told Satan so.
3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”Job2:3
Even when Job’s friends came against him, telling him to leave his faith in God because it was clear He had forsaken Job. Job, through the anguish, heartbreak and desolation he faced, said these words:
“5 Far be it from me That I should say you are right; Till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. 6 My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go; My heart shall not reproach me as long as I live.” Job 27:5-6
It may seem a little difficult to understand, but once grasped, it will be the most life changing experience. Maybe some of you have gone through a storm so dark, so tumultuous, that it seemed like midnight would last forever. Perhaps some of you are going through it right now. What made Cazaq who he was wasn’t the fact that he was an Eagle, mighty as Eagles are. But it was because of what Merciful Creator put in him that made Cazaq strong. It was the power of Merciful Creator that made Cazaq strong, not Cazaq himself.
We know this season may be difficult for some, and we extend our prayers to all those who hurting, suffering and alone at this time. Whether it’s personal issues, loss of loved ones, being away from family or friends, know that if you seek Him, His strength will chazaq you. It will sustain you, encourage you, stabilize you, repair you, and conquer for you.
We love you all. Drop us a line, tell us how you’re doing. We would love to hear from you.
Your Cazaq the Eagle Team