Is it strength or weakness that equips us?

For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Cor 12:10

Encourage one another… 1 Thess 5:11

It seems the opposite of logic, that we should pray to be made weak. Who wants weakness as their mantra for today?

“Lord, make me weak, as weak as I can be and still survive.”

Would you pray that way?

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No one in America applauds weakness. It’s not in our DNA.  We are pull-ourselves-up-by-the-bootstraps kinda people.

We get things done.

We move mountains.

We flex for the camera.

We do not bow to personal weakness. In fact, we sidestep, swerve, avoid and reject any indication that we might not be as strong as we want to be.  But in God’s Word we are told that our weakness makes us strong.

How so?

What strength can be found in weakness?

That’s a good question, and I want to attempt an answer.

I see God’s power present in the lives of parents and partners of addicts who know they are powerless over the problem and unable to craft a solution for that other person, but believe God can.

It may seem like weakness to others when they quit trying to solve the addict’s problem, but in actuality, stepping away takes great courage and strength. God’s strength.

I see strength forged of weakness when I watch a single mom interacting with her newborn son who’s comes early, weighing in at a little over a pound.

I see strength in the eyes of a loved one whose mate has been on the transplant list for months. They both deal with individual fears about what’s next, and yet hold onto hope that they won’t have to do any of that scary stuff, because a life-saving call is coming soon, right?

In times such as these support people are powerless to move the recovery process along, but in their weakness who would dare say they are not strong?

The parents and siblings of down syndrome children–wow, are they ever powerful in their weakness. They may not be able to change their circumstances day by day, but as they lean in to grab a lil more of God’s strength and allow Him to fill them a lil fuller today, we stand amazed!

You may know someone who feels powerless today.

Maybe that someone is you.

Maybe you’re thinking: “I’ll never get this right? I make too many mistakes. I don’t have what it takes to do this. I feel like a weak, lonely, failure.”

If you’ve been feeling powerless for a while now, and its changed who you are so that even you don’t recognize you, there is good news for you in God’s Word and in communicating with him about the truth of the matter.

Prayer Changes Things!

Let me say that again: PRAYER CHANGES THINGS!!

God hears, He cares, and He acts when His people pray. Weakness does not mean a lack of power resides in us.  It means we need Jesus, and that’s a very good thing.

It means the Lord has decided to show another side to weakness through us.

It means success is not always spelled E.A.S.Y.

It means strength, incredible strength, sometimes looks like weakness to the uninitiated, or the ill-informed.

It means when we’re looking for a definition of strength, we need look no further than Jesus.

Today, pray for that one who you know lacks the strength to stand, even if that one is you.  We serve a Savior who is never lacking in power. Reach out to Him today. He’s only a prayer away.

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