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November 6, 1996

The Strength of Weakness

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Let [my enemies] know that it is your hand, that you, O LORD, have done it. PSALM 109:27
David certainly had an unusual number of enemies. His psalms are filled with pleas to God to destroy his enemies and rescue him from his foes. And you don’t hear him talk about his victories apart from a description of how God helped him.
It’s interesting that a man who was accustomed to war and battle, who had victory upon victory to his credit, who as a boy slew the giant Goliath, now sees himself as one “shaken off like a locust” (Psalm 109:23). Is this the posture of a great man of God? Does admitting weakness and frailty befit a warrior and a king? Absolutely. In fact, he is doomed without it. He would be utterly destroyed if he stepped out of the cloak of humility. Yes, this is a paradox. Yes, it is counterintuitive. And yes, it’s easy to discuss and difficult to practice.
We live in an age that rewards progress and achievement rather than humility and weakness. This is not the stuff of resumes; no one hands out trophies for frailty. But let’s face it—we are frail. We are clothed in weakness. Our days are a vapor. Our best is still inadequate. Realizing this should never lead us to despair but to salvation. A clear understanding of our shortcomings only serves to magnify the awesome redemptive work of God.
How do you view your weaknesses? Do you look at them as liabilities, or do you view them as vehicles that God can use to demonstrate His power through you? Have you fully grasped the knowledge that when you are weak, He is strong and that His strength is made perfect in our weakness? (2 Corinthians 12:9). Put away your ego and trust in Him. Only then will you find true strength.

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