Archive for April, 2009

His Strength in Our Weakness

Posted: April 2, 2009 by clairer in God's Power, Trusting God

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9a

I don’t know about you, but as spring comes and I have just made it through seven months of school, I definitely don’t have the strength, energy, and drive I had at the beginning of the year.  As I look at the calendar and see that only a month remains between now and my AP tests, I suddenly feel very weak and inadequate.  I’ve had my own sort of “March Madness” and I definitely don’t feel ready to take on April’s showers.  But there’s something I’ve been noticing in my quiet times lately: simply, I’m not alone.

As I read through my Bible, I keep coming across those well-known Biblical heroes: Joseph, Moses, Gideon, Hannah, Saul, and David… These “Bible heroes” have always seemed so strong — I mean, David killed Goliath, Saul conqered thousands, Hannah had faith in God to give her a son (Samuel), Gideon conquered the Mideonites with only 300 men, Moses brought the Israelites out of slavery, and Joseph saved an entire country from famine!  But I have something in common with all of them: I’m weak just like they were.

It’s something that never particularly stood out to me before — the people God used to accomplish the most for him were the weakest.  Think about it for a second.  Think about these “Biblical heroes.”  They were weak!  Joseph (the second to youngest son of Jacob — also a younger son) was a slave!  But that didn’t stop God from using him to save Egypt and Israel.  Moses said of himself, “I am slow of speech and tongue,” and begged God to “send someone else to do it,” (Exodus 4:10,13) but God still used him to bring the Israelites out of Egypt.  Look at Gideon of the “weakest clan of Manasseh, and the weakest in [his]family,” or Hannah who was barren, or Saul who was from the smallest tribe and of the least important clan, or David — the youngest son of Jesse and still a boy when defeating Goliath.  None of these “heroes” had impressive backgrounds, resumés, or abilities, but that didn’t stop God from using them.  In fact, God delighted in showing himself strong through their weakness.

How does this apply to our day-to-day lives now though?  Just seeing how God works through weakness should be an encouragement.  If you, like me, are feeling weak or inadequate, it isn’t a weakness; it’s a reminder and an opportunity — a reminder that we are not meant to be self-sufficient and an opportunity for God to show himself strong and faithful in our weakness.