When I Am Weak
Can you recall a time where you tried to do something on your own but quickly realized that the task was too much? I can think of when I was growing up, my dad was always my go-to person when I had trouble opening or lifting something. No matter how much I twisted or strained to move an item that was too tight or too heavy, I couldn’t make any progress. It wasn’t until I acknowledged when I was weak in an area, that my dad was able to show his strength.
I have found in walking in my own faith journey this principle applies to my heavenly Father as well. When I look back over mistakes I’ve made and time I’ve wasted, I understand that I was trying to make things happen in my own strength. It wasn’t until I got so frustrated and called out to God for help, that He was able to step in and show His just how strong He is.
What we tend to forget sometimes is that although God can do anything and has all power, He is a gentleman.
Often times than not, He will not overstep our own moral will. We have a choice to invite Him in our life and ask for His help. Unless we do that, I have found that He will not make a move.
I don’t know about you, but there is something about feeling weak that does not feel good. If we are honest with ourselves, it all boils down to our pride. Admitting our weakness exposes where we are vulnerable. However, if I fail to admit when I am weak, how can God work on my behalf?
This brings to mind the story of Moses.
Exodus 4:10-17 mentions that he had a weakness in his speech. It wasn’t until Moses came to God about his weakness that God stepped in and told him that it would be His strength that will help and instruct him on what to say to Pharoah.
What if Moses chose to be disobedient because his pride wouldn’t allow him to admit his weakness? A whole nation would have remained in captivity and history as we know it would not be the same.
What do I do when I am weak?
1. Remember Who has the control
God had to remind Moses that though he had a weakness in his speech, He was the One who made his mouth and had the ability to control it.
What weakness are you struggling with? Do you have a temper you feel you can’t control? Does low self-esteem keep you from moving forward in what God has called you to do? Regardless of what are you feel you are weak in, God has the ability to take control over it. We have to be willing to relinquish our own control in order for God to show His strength.
2. Know that God is with you
After God informed Moses what to do, He assured him that He would be with him as he spoke to Pharoah. Just as with Moses, God has promised all who would serve Him that He would not leave nor forsake them.
So if God has called you to do something that seems beyond your capability, have confidence in knowing that He is with you. He would not call you where He has not equipped you.
3. Trust God at His Word
Although Moses pleaded with God to send someone else, He had to come to the point where he placed his trust in God. This is where our faith is put into action.
Sometimes God will require us to do things we feel we are unqualified to do. However, we must trust that if He called us then He has qualified us to make it happen. As Proverbs 3:5-6 states, we should not depend on our own understanding but seek God to show us what to do.
Learn to celebrate your weaknesses knowing that God will use it to make you stronger through Him.
Don’t continue to hold on to your pride when you know you are not strong enough to handle a situation on your own. Be grateful for your weakness even when you find it hard to give thanks. Allow God to work through you and use it for His glory.
In Relentless Pursuit,
Do you have some weaknesses you have been holding on to that you know God is wanting to use? What is keeping you from being honest with God about it or how did you allow Him to use you? I would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment area.
“Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” – 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 NLT