Strength in Weakness

How many times have you felt the need of strength, but sensed only that you are in actuality weak?  I imagine that many of us have felt that way and yet if we really think about it there has always been a solution for weakness.  It is not found in vitamin pills, or in regular exercise activities, or in any particular philosophy of life.  There is only one real solution to weakness and that is found in the sacrifice of life’s greatest strength, the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

When God saw that His creation too easily fell into disobedience and hence weakness, He came up with our only key to success.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  We have all heard and probably believed at a very early age, but have we really understood the wealth found in that one verse?  It may even be true that this scripture is the first one we ever memorized and yet how often in our need do we remind ourselves of God’s promise?  It is so easily memorized and yet at the hardest times of our lives do we recall it?  Do we actually go to our promise first or has it become a last resort after we have tried everything else?  I am not trying to see if your memory is any better than mine, but I am trying to remind myself that there has always been an answer to the many problems of life.  We have been so richly blessed and yet you may want to ask yourself, as I have, why we have such a hard time accepting His gift.

Today we look at how fast evil has come upon our world and how many lives it has taken as we try to fumble our way through life.  Have you ever wondered why the simplest solutions are so often forgotten as we attempt to make things easier?  Aren’t we a foolish people?

We have read about and may even know some great examples of a rich life and yet we still try to come up with something new and different that we can claim for ourselves.  We are not very good receivers of someone else’s answers.  I am sure you probably have heard over and over again the expression “I can do it myself”.  Well, I guess you have to know by now that we can’t and never have been able to accomplish this formidable solution adequately.  So why don’t we just simply accept the gift and give thanks to our Creator for coming up with the only realistic solution? 

Weakness is not something any of us enjoy, but then we find that with little effort (a simple please Lord and thank you) we can do whatever is required.  It gives us the strength to continue with life in this very confusing and ugly world and hopefully able to make some difference.  I am sure it also pleases our Lord to hear a thank you from the people He so lovingly created.

It may take some thinking to understand, but God told His people in 1st Corinthians 1;27 that He chose the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty and in 2nd Corinthians 12:19 Paul tells us that when I am weak, then I am strong.

When we read the Sermon on the Mount found in the book of Matthew we find what we hope to hear one day – Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your lord  (25:21). 

My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
When He shall come with trumpet sound, oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.

Kevin Harrison

WCBCS, 7459 S IH 35, Waco, TX, USA