Weakness is not something most people like to admit. What do you do with weakness?
- Deny it
- Cover it up
Do these actions erase our weakness? No. Insanity is doing the same thing again but expecting a different result. What if I told you there is an effective way to address your weaknesses? There is! And now you know:
- Celebrate it!
Weakness: A Divine Remembrance
What? Do I mean that as it first appears? I probably don’t. But finding out what I do mean is the subject of this post. That begins with one of my favorite Bible verses, Psalm 103:14 –
For He knows our frame, He remembers that we are dust.
The opening of this Psalm is well known, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name. But I am so glad verse 14 is in there! He already knows He made me of dust. And He does more than just remember the weakness in this body of dust!
The Apostle Paul had the same view. He expressed his desire to rejoice in weakness. So I was in good company when I said, Celebrate it!
I need to be more at ease with my limitations. Why? The more I have prayed, God I can’t do this, the more He has shown His miraculous ability to do more than I can imagine (see Ephesians 3:20-21). The truth is, what I believe to be my strength(s) is also weak when compared to my Father. My weakness is something about which I can easily agree with God. As long as I think I have a strength I can be tempted to rely on myself and that supposed strength.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. Apart from Me you can do nothing. – Jesus
The truth of that verse needs to be recognized in every aspect of our lives. The Apostle Paul mentioned this idea many times:
- If I have to boast, I will boast (rejoice) of what pertains to my weakness. – 2 Corinthians 11:30
- On behalf of such a man I will boast; but on my own behalf I will not boast, except in regard to my weaknesses. – 2 Corinthians 12:5
- Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9b
- Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. – 2 Corinthians 12:10
Properly handled, weakness can build a better you!
Weakness: God On Display
God has truly been showing Himself strong in my weaknesses lately. That is a point of praise and a need for continued prayer.
The rest of this thought is well stated by Paul Washer. The video is short, but the content is great. Please give it a listen and know it’s OK to walk in admitted, confessed weakness. As a matter of fact, it’s necessary!
Soli Deo Gloria!
PS: Disclaimer and Request – Edited from original post in November 2014. That’s the disclaimer. The request is for continued prayer regarding the website makeover. It’s taking a little longer than expected. Please be patient and please pray. And BTW, we have a team out next week. Please pray for that effort as well!