Mr. Strong, along with all the Mr. Men children’s books written by Roger Hargreaves, is still a firm favorite in our home. Following a makeover in 2008, Mr. Strong is no longer square; he now has has broader shoulders, a narrower waist, and bulging biceps, but he remains the strongest person in the world. The source of his incredible strength? It comes from all the eggs he eats! The protein in eggs is rich in leucine, an essential amino acid that plays an important role in the way muscles use glucose—contributing to strength, satisfying hunger, and providing a source of lasting energy.

Just as our bodies are nourished and sustained by good food, so too are our souls strengthened in the presence of our Creator God (Philippians 4:13; 1 Timothy 1:12). Daily responsibilities and bitter disappointments can quickly wear us down and test our resolve, so “even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength” (Isaiah 40:30-31). Indeed, a confident trust in God provides the fuel we need to be strengthened, and it helps us once again to “walk,” “run,” and “soar” (Isaiah 40:31).

Have you found that your energy is sapped due to tough situations? Take time today to lift your eyes and experience the presence of our incredible God (Isaiah 40:22-28). As you do, may you enjoy His goodness and become strong again (Psalm 16:11). For God “gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless” (Isaiah 40:29).

When we put our hope in God rather than our employer, bank account, best friend, or physician, we’ll experience a strength that keeps us going throughout the year, no matter the circumstance. We’ll be strong in God’s power!

NLT 365-day reading plan passage for today: 2 Samuel 12:1-25