Are You Feeling Weak? Here’s Why That’s Excellent.

When I Am Weak

 

What do you do, how do you react when your strength isn’t equal to the task?

Driving through a village in Ghana I saw this little girl trying to lift this large plastic container.
It’s too heavy for her.  She’s too weak to get it up on her head and follow her Mom.
But she’s trying.

We spend a lot of our lives doing what she’s doing.
Her Mom was walking away with an expectation that she will follow bringing her brother and the container.
It didn’t happen.

God is never like that with us.
But He does let us try to go it on our own when we get it in our minds that we can, or we should.
My expectations of myself are often so clearly inflated above reality.
I still fight the tendency to go it alone.  Alone in my own wisdom, strength, and resources.

And God lets me fall.
Or drop ‘it all’.

That’s when the teachable moment finally makes an appearance.
The Holy Spirit gets my attention and I hear the old truth, “”Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the LORD.”
Zech. 4:6

The Christian walk isn’t about learning to do it on our own, it’s about learning to get out of the way.
Learning to surrender, to receive, to be simply a vessel for God to fill.
Apart from Him I am always running on empty.

One problem with the necessity of dependence is that it runs so counter to our American culture and tradition.
We value strength and personal reliance.
We scorn the weak, the feeble.

Who wants to be needy or inadequate?
The thought is so negative and deeply etched in our minds as wrong.

Jesus spent 3 years trying to demonstrate to his disciples His reliance, complete and total reliance on God.

In 2 Corinthians 12 the apostle Paul talks about his ‘thorn in the flesh’.
He’d asked to be delivered from it 3 times, but God said—“My grace is enough for you because My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

So why am I surprised when I feel my strength in short supply?
If it doesn’t happen on its own, God will allow a circumstance to bring us to empty.

Only then can He fill us.

Are you feeling like you’re running on empty?
That’s exactly where God wants you.

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground:
Isaiah 44:3

 Water is a common metaphor for divine grace and the empowering of the Holy Spirit in you and in me.

A doctor once told me that most Americans are chronically dehydrated.
I think most of us Christians are too!

“Come to the fountain, there’s fullness in Jesus, all that you’re longing for, come and be glad.”

6 Comments on “Are You Feeling Weak? Here’s Why That’s Excellent.

  1. “The Christian walk isn’t about learning to do it on our own, it’s about learning to get out of the way.”

    And a hard lesson to learn (and keep re-learning)! Thank you.

    • You’d think we’d love depending on God, we’d be addicted to it by now. I’m making a note that says ‘Don’t try to be strong, you’re NOT’ and sticking it on the refrigerator!

  2. Being dependent is a sign of strength. That is what has been drilled into us from a young age but the truth is its not! It’s a defiance toward God! We don’t need you God is what we say when we try to be dependent…..Thank you Kelly for this timely reminder. I needed to hear this because at times I forget. At times I try to be superman but that is not pleasing to God. He wants me to depend on Him completely all the time! I am so challenged and convicted….

    Rolain

  3. Embracing my inadequacies and giving them to Him so He can be strong for me….there a LOT of them! Love you and Happy Thanksgiving to you and Gary! I am thankful for your blog. I am encouraged every single time I read it. ❤

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