Time is too short for me to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the raging of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, gained strength after being weak, became mighty in battle, and put foreign armies to flight. Hebrews 11:32-3
It’s easy to assess a weak person as forever weak. They are often pigeonholed from their youth. When considering whom to choose for a position where strength is critical, the weak are usually not considered. Natural strength and ability is prized but the assessment for who is qualified is sorely lacking. I must remember that the weak are made strong as God showcases His strength through willing hearts. The degree of their weakness is immaterial. If they trust God, are fully dependent and expectant, then watch out!
The children of Israel were always outnumbered and yet, with God, their weaknesses were paired with God’s unparalleled strength. Gideon defeated the Midianites with fragile pitchers – just pieces of earthen pottery. Samson slayed 1,000 Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey. Historically, ill equipped saints were given beyond the natural to enable them to overcome incredible odds in the supernatural. Think of the widow and her son who were on the edge of starvation. They had a handful of flour and a little oil left to make their last meal. God’s hand touched their meager amount of ingredients and there was an unending supply.
God’s tactical strategies do not include the assessment of a person’s strengths. He takes a person who loves Him and trusts Him, and though they may be weak and without resources, He completes what is lacking to make them a supernatural kingdom force.
What battle are you fighting today? I’m in one myself. The advantage, in the natural realm, is not mine. I can see that. It may not be yours either. Put the equation on paper and a disastrous outcome is sure. If you live with someone who prizes intellect, a scientific mind who thrives on logic and solid evidence, predictions of gloom will fill your home. Faith must be fought for. And fight, we must. The battle can be against the arguments of faithless children of God. This should not be but it is.
God is for you. Not against. Stand up and expect a miracle. Put it all on the line. Offer Him what you have even if it’s far from enough. I love J.D. Greer’s quote. Our strength is more of a liability than an asset. When God wants to use us, He often begins by weakening us.
The most important thing I have in my hands is helpless dependence on You. Amen
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