Bible Ballistics: BBs #289 His Strength In My Weakness???
As many of you know, I’ve been slowed down for a while after having knee surgery. What I have discovered is that being down is disturbing to our state of mind. When we’ve been accustomed to going, doing and accomplishing certain things, we don’t take it very well when that ability is thwarted by anything, and especially when it’s thwarted by things outside of our control. I have found myself identifying with those who are in this state on a long-term or permanent basis—it has made me much more aware of the difficulties of “limitations” or as scripture puts it our human ‘frailties’ and ‘weaknesses’.
What do we do when we find ourselves there? Or when someone close to us is in this position? The right answer is found only in God and His Word. The Psalms are replete with cries of failure, weakness, confusion and desperation—yet the answer is always found in the Lord God Almighty and the recognition of His total sovereignty and reliability. Our God is totally trustworthy even if He is bringing us into a place of “dependence” (and for most people that is an ugly word, for we are determined to be “Independent” or else!) even when it is a place where we don’t want to be. Yet it is a place that God often uses to reveal Himself and His power to us more intimately, for often we fail to “depend” on God as long as we seem to have things under “control”! But God wants us to learn to walk in total, continual devotion and dependence upon Him!! Not an easy thing to do, but one worth the effort it takes to walk there! But how?
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God wants to walk with us in all our ways, and so often He is waiting for us to simply reach out to HIM and follow His lead! Yet so often we are so consumed with “life” and “living” our own way, that we miss the joy of walking with our Lord. HE has been reminding me lately of the way that I have allowed “noise” and “worldly distractions” to crowd out the times of intimacy that I used to spend with HIM; and that I need to diligently strive to eliminate anything from my life that interferes with an intimate and “dependent” relationship and fellowship with Jesus!!! It goes right to the heart of the commandment:
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
Anything that stands between us and intimacy with Our Lord is a “god” that ought not be there. And God does not accept second place as “OK”! He will work through the Holy Spirit to convict and draw us to a place of repentance and restoration. Even David found this restoration upon his repentance of the incident of Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah. David found the pure delight of God’s forgiveness, cleansing and restoration to fellowship with His God! (Although we must remember that there were consequences to his sin, but that’s a lesson for a different day.)
“Hide thy face from my sins,
and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God;
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence;
and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;
and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways;
and sinners shall be converted unto thee.” Psalm 51:9-13
And in closing, Paul learned and shared a valuable lesson in this regard. It’s one of my favorite passages, for Paul—the great Apostle of The Lord—with all his gifts, missionary zeal and compassion for the lost, was compelled to endure an ongoing weakness (although we don’t know what it was, it was something he had asked God to remove from him). Let’s look at Paul own account of this experience.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations,
there was given to me a thorn in the flesh,
the messenger of Satan
to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure.
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength
is made perfect in weakness.
Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure
in distresses for Christ’s sake:
for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
So will you choose to accept the weaknesses that come to us, and stand fast in God’s strength; and trust Him “with all thine heart”? Or will you balk, and pout and complain, “I don’t deserve this”? It’s your choice! Choose well.