A while back, I had a friend struggling with difficult issues.
She shared how she wished she had the strength to deal with the pain she was feeling, but said she felt weak and helpless. I found a few verses in Ephesians that I wrote down on an index card and gave to her. The text is:
“[We have] his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms” (Eph 17:19-20, NIV).
I wanted to remind her that she wasn’t facing her troubles on her own. God was willing to give her the same power he used to raise Jesus from the dead. It doesn’t get more powerful than that!
When you feel like you’re struggling, you don’t have to reply on your own strength; ask God for some of his incomparably great power.
Copyright 2015 by Molly Farnsley. Use by permission only.
We all have them. Weaknesses.
We hate them, try to hide them, and pretend they don’t exist. But they’re as real as our strengths.
Isaiah the prophet had a weakness that ran deep.
In his book, chapter six, he has a vision of God in the temple. There are magnificent creatures praising God. Their voices were so powerful that they shook the temple. But they covered their faces, perhaps as a sign of respect, for they didn’t want to look upon the holy King.
But Isaiah was a mere man, and he’d seen the Lord. He was horrified and said something like, “I’m doomed! My mouth is dirty because of my words, and I live with other sinful people. I’m nowhere near as righteous as God!”
He was ashamed even to be in God’s presence. There’s a side lesson. God’s mighty holiness usually makes us aware of our own faults.
But it was all right. Isaiah wasn’t kicked from the throne room. One of the creatures came over with a live coal from the altar and touched Isaiah’s lips with it. The creature said something like, “Look, this has taken away your sin and guilt.”
At that point, God spoke. He asked for someone to go on his behalf. Isaiah was quick to volunteer! This is where we reach the key point. God asks Isaiah to tell his people a message.
Wait a second. Wasn’t Isaiah’s mouth (or his speech) his greatest weakness a moment ago? Exactly. God seems to love using people’s weaknesses to further his goals. It shows others how powerful He is, and reminds us that He is the strength-giver.
This week, commit your weaknesses to the Lord. He may use them in powerful ways!