Daniel 11:32 says, “…but the people that know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” Please read that verse again, slowly. What a word of encouragement to the people of God! This passage tells us that there is strength in knowing our God. There is strength in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1).

Oh how profitable it is for us to read the Scripture references that speak of the strength that The Lord gives unto His people (Psalm 29:11). There is that strength to overcome the wicked one when the Word of God is abiding in our lives (1 John 2:14). Jesus Christ promised the apostle Paul the grace that would provide the very strength that he needed in his times of infirmities and weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9,10; Philippians 4:13 ). We serve the same God as the apostle Paul for He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Daniel also says that these people who know their God are not only strong, but shall do exploits. According to Webster, the word exploits means notable deeds, feats or heroic acts. God does not give us strength to sit around and talk about it; He gives us strength to do His will in this world. The risen Christ gives His church the command to “go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) in His power (Matthew 28:18-20; Luke 24:49). I am so guilty of failing to do God’s will at times because my focus is on my weaknesses and lack of power. How we need to realize that our sufficiency to do God’s will comes from Him (2 Corinthians 3:5,6)!

Beloved, each one of you who knows Jesus Christ has strength to do all that God calls you to do. This promise is not just for apostles or the “hall of faith” saints catalogued in Hebrews 11. This promise and exhortation to be strong and do exploits belongs to all of God’s children. No wonder the apostle Peter ended his last epistle with the admonition to “grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18) No wonder the apostle Paul could write so passionately, “I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).

It is impossible to really know The Jesus Christ and do nothing, for the knowing of Christ provides the strength to be strong and do exploits. Go out in the strength of The Lord Jesus today, saints (2 Timothy 1:7)!