In a very real sense he has been transformed, because he has laid hold of a source of strength which, in one way or another, he had hitherto denied himself.
This made me ponder strength, especially what we mean by strength in experience, strength and hope. Without looking the word up, to me it means being strong, growing as vigorously as possible, using all my faculties to their fullest potential.
Drinking sapped my strength almost to death. My body should have been young and healthy and strong, my intellect should have been young and healthy and strong. I couldn’t use the good things within me to improve or be happy or advance or even just get by.
I couldn’t use sources of strength from the outside world like excellent schools, good neighbors, and good church, a good family.
All these good things, inside and outside of me, were drowned and unavailable to me.
Probably the text means God as the source of strength, and I do believe in a sense that God provides all these good things and the means to use them. I have trouble with the thought that they are supplied to me in abundance where others don’t have enough.
Anyway, transformation. I was someone who could not benefit from the good the in the world, and I am now someone who, to a degree, can.