We’re Not Alone”
God chose the weak so that no one may boast before
In reading Hebrews 11, one will read the stories of strong heroes of the Bible but the chapter concludes that these men and women were made strong from their weakness. They were not strong to begin with but God enabled them to become strong. The power of God launched from their weakness to enable them to become strong.
The power of God is seen most clearly when there is no other explanation that will do justice to the events. But not everyone believes that God does take the weak to bring about change.
Throughout Paul’s life he suffered physical problems. Paul wanted to know that God was working through his weaknesses to accomplish great things for the kingdom of God so that God would receive the glory. When life got difficult for Paul he learned to relax because though he could not handle it all, he didn’t have to. Christ wanted to demonstrate His power in a remarkable way through Paul and so in Paul’s weakness, Christ was strong. (p.32)
What are your weakness? And are you really honest about yourself in all matters of life when it comes to naming these weaknesses? We should note that weakness is not a failure but just that- a weakness and it is standard to all people. But people also have strength and through faith and experience one learns to understand what those strengths are and can be. Yet we must also take into consideration where we are and what we are doing and if we recognize the fact that God is with always even when we think we cannot do what he calls us to do.
God wants us to demonstrate His power through our weakness. The only things stopping this I that we do not know how to access His power or we think only individuals like Moses can do this. Jesus became weak for our sake. How can we use our weakness for God’s glory?
How difficult is it for you to be honest about your weaknesses? Has anyone pointed out weaknesses which you were not aware? How did you feel? How did you react? Did you learn from this?
Where are your strengths in terms of relationships and knowledge? Why do you define them as strengths and how did these strengths become strong in your experience?
Holy God we praise you for the many examples of people who were weak and yet grew to be faithful and strong people. We pray that you will speak to us about our weaknesses so that we might grow stronger in faith and in life. Be with us we pray. Amen.
Reflection based upon Dan Schaeffer. The power of weakness. Discovery House Publishers, 2014, p. 23-36.