Weakness Made Strong!
We humans are a special species from other animals. Unlike animals we are gifted with great knowledge and wisdom that all what we see around us today- houses, buildings, food, language, clothing, cars, computers, mobile phones, etc.- are all results of the work of human brains, were as the animals still live in their primitive habitats without much changes. We are special from animals. But even though we are superior to animals many times we are weaker in many aspects like knowledge, wisdom, power, strength, money etc. from other fellow humans! Not all of us are scientists or billionaires or wrestlers or kings and other nobles. We are common people who live with many inferiorities and limitations. These inferiorities often make us depressed and lead to failures in life. Today I want to say about a power that can help you in your inferiorities and limitations to strengthen you to become successful in life.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV).
When we look at the Bible, we can see several characters who are very common people like us, but who were not ready to contain in their inferiorities, but with this great power of God, they overcome their limitations and performed great wonders for the glory of God’s name.
Moses was born with stammered tongue. He was nothing, but somebody more inferior than other normal humans in the society. But God used this stammered Moses to deliver the Israelites from the slavery of Egypt! He has been considered the greatest leader of human history who lead 4,000,000 people, their animals and possessions through the harsh desert and brought to the promised land!
‘The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”’(Exodus 3:7-10 NIV)
When the Israelites reached the Gulf of Aqaba, they were entrapped with the Red Sea in front, great mountains on either side and Egyptians from the back. They had no way to escape. Moses cried to God in helplessness. God heard his cry, and in the helplessness of Moses, God answers his cry by working through the helpless Moses by splitting the Red Sea and crossing the Israelites through the Red Sea to the other side and making the sea back to the normal way entrapping the Egyptians following them! Thus God brought a great victory through helpless, weak Moses over the mighty army of Egypt! (Please go through Exodus 14).
In another place we see Jabez, who was not born normal, but with great pain. His mother named him ‘pain.’ He was of no value before anyone. But he was not ready to contain in his weakness, he cried to God and God answered his prayer and made him honorable than all his brothers and God extended his territory as Jabez prayed and God blessed him so much that a great city was made in his name where the great scientists of those days lived!
‘Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request.’ (1 Chronicles 4:9-10 NIV)
‘And the clans of scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, Shimeathites and Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the Rekabites.’ (1 Chronicles 2:55 NIV)
Samson a single man when he was trapped with Philistines around him, the spirit of God came upon him and with a dry jawbone of a donkey he killed 1000 Philistines and put them in two heaps of 500 each!
‘As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men. Then Samson said, “With a donkey’s jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey’s jawbone I have killed a thousand men.” When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.’ (Judges 15:14-17 NIV)
Elijah after performing the great miracle before whole Israelites and revealing the true God of Israel, fled to the desert of Horeb fearing the declaration of queen Isabel to kill him. There he waited to be killed by God rather than the queen, but God himself appeared before him and strengthen him and appointed him with another mission to anoint three great men- two kings and a successor after Elijah, Elisha. And later to Elijah, who once was desiring his own death in the desert, was taken to heaven alive without seeing death!
‘As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.’ (2 Kings 2:11-12 NIV)
Hezekiah the King of Israel when surrounded by a huge army of Assyria, cried unto God in his helplessness and God answered him by sending an angel of God that night into the Assyrian camp killing 185,000 Assyrians bringing a great victory over the Assyrians to Israel!
‘That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning—there were all the dead bodies! So Sennacherib king of Assyria broke camp and withdrew. He returned to Nineveh and stayed there.’ (2 Kings 19:35-36 NIV)
When Peter, John and ten other disciples who were of no great knowledge, power, ability and no strong family backgrounds, who were living in the lowest level of society, who were not considered by anyone, when obeyed Jesus and followed him they became great Apostles of God. The 12 foundation stones of the New Testament church! God performed great miracles through them and bought many perishing souls through them for the glory of God’s name! They were not worthy for any of it, but the Love of God brought them and raised them to higher levels of society and even after 2000 years their names are continuously proclaimed in different parts of the world!
My dear readers, accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in life. Same way how he used the fishermen and the tax collectors who were considered nothing with no education and no strong family backgrounds, but when brought to him as disciples became 12 great Apostles, the 12 foundation stones of New Testament Church Jesus will come in you and fill in your emptiness of life and transform you completely in such a way that your failures will turn into great success! Not only that, but will fill with his Holy Spirit in our life through which we can accomplish impossible things as Apostles performed in olden days!
Therefore, my dear readers, as God said to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Let’s declare His grace is sufficient for us. In our limitations, in our inferiorities, in our helplessness lets call unto God and surely He will hear our earnest cry of our hearts and will answer us through the divine Holy Spirit by which all the weakness will be made strong! Are you willing to enjoy this greater power by accepting Jesus in your life today?
If so, please say this prayer, believing in your heart and declaring by word and accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in your life today.
‘Heavenly Father, I accept and believe Jesus is the only true God who came to redeem my sins. I believe Jesus is the son of God who came to this earth to die for my sins and to fulfil Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary and all the sufferings and pain that Jesus took on the body was for me, He was broken down and gave His very last drop of blood for me on the Cross of Calvary for the redemption of my sins and I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour in my life, I confess my sins and give my life for Jesus. Please forgive me for every mistake I made in my life. Please come in me, live in me, fill in me and guide me until the last breath of my life and help me to stay away from evil ways and lead a holy and victorious Christian life as you please. And bring me to heaven to be with you forever. In Jesus name. Amen!’
‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ (2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV)
‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ (Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV)
‘For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.’ (2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)
‘I can do all this through him who gives me strength.’ (Philippians 4:13 NIV)
‘Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”’ (1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV)
‘Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’ (Isaiah 40:27-31 NIV)