Weakness Can Be Strength

“The Lord is the everlasting God. . .He gives power to the weak”  Isaiah 40:28, 29

 

            Growing up as a boy, I soon learned the difference between strong and weak—at least what we all perceived as strong and weak. Some boys were bigger, sooner. They were obviously strong. Some, like me, didn’t seem to grow much at all. We were considered weak.

            Of course other attributes also came into play like speed, agility and verbal skills. These could temper the size and strength differences, unless one was a bully.

            Without knowing it, we boys grew up believing in the size is strength and power mantra which established the foundation for our lives and was the filter through which decisions were made. Not only that, but this foundation established a life-filter that gauged whether or not we could accomplish something. All decisions could be based on this lie.

            Until Jesus Christ came into my life picture, I lived according to this principle which attached itself to my brain. Faith in Christ shattered these false ideas, stripping away the faulty foundation of size is strength.        

Isaiah 40:28-31

                       Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. 30 Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. 31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.  ~New Living Translation

Jeremiah 9:23-24

This is what the Lord says: “Don’t let the wise boast in their wisdom, or the powerful boast in their power, or the rich boast in their riches. 24 But those who wish to boast should boast in this alone: that they truly know me and understand that I am the Lord who demonstrates unfailing love and who brings justice and righteousness to the earth, and that I delight in these things. I, the Lord, have spoken!  ~New Living Translation

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. 29 As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. 30 God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. 31 Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”  ~New Living Translation

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  ~English Standard Version

1 Corinthians 1:18-25

18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. 19 As the Scriptures say,

   “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise
      and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.”

 20 So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. 21 Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. 22 It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. 23 So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24 But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.  ~New Living Translation

 

            God opened my eyes to see that He is not only absolute truth but absolute strength. My faith in Jesus proved to be the great equalizer, replacing fear and uncertainly with His peace.

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