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October 9, 2017, 5:00 AM

Do you find yourself more dependent on God in your strengths or weaknesses?



My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Psalm 62:5-8

 

These verses have a beautiful motif—that God is powerful and all that we need. This truth should produce joy and peace. The Lord is strong! In our daily lives, or at least in mine, I can forget that simple idea. I forget that God is big and beautiful, but more than that I forget that He is powerful. I limit Him to the scope of my tiny world. I limit Him to the abilities of my mind. I limit Him to my circumstances, but He is a limitless God. He is infinite in all that He can do and in all His ways and I so often forget that He is. But that is part of learning who He is and walking with Him, remembering His ways and remembering Him. As we learn to constantly live with Him, during the sprints of life and during the dark times, we slowly learn to bring Him into each moment. And when we reach a place where we are consistently reminded of His character and we are absolutely in awe of all that He is, that is when our weaknesses, our circumstances, and our pride all fall to the wayside.

 

When He is magnified in our lives, it changes our entire world and perspective. It is not enough to know our weaknesses; we must know who He is. It is in the moments of learning who God is that our weaknesses are paradoxically multiplied and yet overshadowed. When we stare at perfection, our faults blaze. And yet, standing in the presence of Him who knew no wrong, He covers us in His blameless blood. We are at once overcome with our imperfections and His goodness. It is in our darkest places that His light shines brightest. It is in the place of our greatest inabilities that His ability is overwhelming. It is in our weaknesses that God has the biggest space to move. In my own life, it is when I am completely helpless, desperate in my weakness, where I see God move the most. It’s when I am stretched—in my finances, emotions, job, ministry, and relationships—that my cries become dependent on God.

 

It is when I recognize that I cannot do something and gently open up my clutched fingers, that I see my faithful God come in and work with a power that is beyond words. It is when I recognize my limits and inability when God shows up. But I don’t want to only recognize my limits in my weaknesses; I want to recognize my limits in my strengths. For I most often forget to invite God to be with and work within me when I am operating out of my strengths. But even in my strengths, my abilities pale in comparison to what He is and all He has to offer.  Now, this is not to say that we each don’t have talents or abilities or that He doesn’t work through those, but it is to say that we often 1) limit God to our talents, 2) avoid opportunities because we are terrified of our weaknesses, or 3) miss God partnering in and multiplying our strengths because we think we’ve got a grasp on it. The goal should be to invite Him into every area, both our weaknesses and our strengths.

 

Inviting Him into each area becomes easier the more you know His character and His ways. The more you know Him, the more your life is shaped by reliance on Him. Our lives should characterized by our dependence on God. Do you find yourself more dependent on God in your strengths or weaknesses? What does partnering with God in both your strengths and weaknesses look like? In what ways are you in awe of God?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, You are beautiful in all of Your ways. Lord allow me see a different part of who You are today. Jesus I ask that You lift the veil of my stubborn self to see my strengths and weaknesses in the light of all that You are. As I walk through my day show me where I am depending fully on myself. Let my strengths and weaknesses not be hindrances in my relationship with You, but rather tools to further glorify Your name and become ever more like You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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