Perfectly Weak

“For my strength is made perfect in weakness…”  2 Corinthians 12:9

[Travels, transitions, family times, grandparenting, border crossings, and more…my excuse for a big, bad case of blogger’s block.  But I can’t wait to share of God’s grace through all this…in between our routine days, like Titus 2sday!]

Last time we ‘met’ for Titus2sday, we were discussing sin, control and being out of control{!}  This sense of being out of control, whether in marriage, parenting, emotions, family matters, health, the work place, finances, or  ___ [fill in the blank], generally makes us feel pretty weak. Or perhaps, like me, perfectly weak!

But this awareness of our weakness brings us to a better place than perceived strength or control ever could—to pure reliance on Him.

These excerpts from Spurgeon (my fave) encourage us in our utter and perfect weakness:

Are you mourning over your own weakness?  Take courage, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give you a victory.

Your emptiness is but the preparation for your being filled, and your casting down is but the making ready for your lifting up.

In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust in; therefore, he is compelled to cast himself on God alone.

There is no moment of our lives, however holy, in which we can do without His constant upholding.

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I am SO weak.  I come to the Lord with empty hands…therefore…

“…I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me!”
2 Corinthians 12:9

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Dear Lord,  We are all so weak.  We rejoice in the day when our faith will be sight, and we shall be like him, for we shall see him as He is! (I John 3:2) But until then, our weakness weighs us down, it interferes with our relationships and daily lives.  We need you, Lord, we need Your strength to be made perfect in our weakness..whatever that looks like.  Help us let go of the controls, and trust in the power of Christ that dwells in us.  In His Strong Name, Amen.

4 thoughts on “Perfectly Weak

  1. Very true, Linda! I mused for a long time over the seeming tension between Matthew 11:28-30 (my yoke is easy) and Matthew 7:13-14 (the way is hard that leads to life). I think that the resolution between the two is that the way that leads to life requires recognizing your own weakness and casting your burdens on Christ. That is both an incredibly hard and an incredibly easy thing for a person to do!

    • Thank you, Ben! I find *myself* in that tension zone often, and do find it hard and easy at the same time. Thankfully, my Lord is so much more able to complete that which He’s begun, and to keep that which I’ve commited to Him…such as my weakness. I rest in His love and ‘easy’ yoke, yet have to battle my flesh to take the kingdom by force. (That, by the way, is one of my favourite parts in The Pilgrim’s Progress–the visual of the man being almost violently pulled into the kingdom as arrows fly all around!) Love you and hope we see each other this go-around in Ottawa!

  2. I trust that you are in for another wonderful character-building experience as you spend time away from the comfort and warmth of home, dear Linda.

    Yesterday during our Ancient Paths seminar, I played Come As You Are for the participants – one man nearing his fifties and who has spent life in and out of drug rehab centers, and can only look back to a ruined life, nothing to show for it… really broke down into tears. That song really ministered to him. It’s not too late… there’s still hope… and the song was really a great help in letting him feel the warm embrace of the heavenly Father.

    You are so right in what you wrote here – we need to be perfectly weak before God can be perfectly strong in us. Often God has to bring us to the end of our ropes to make us see this truth clearly.

    Praying for you and John, dear friend.

    Much love
    Lidj

    • Thank you for adding more value to this post, and for the encouragement about the song. Yes, when I first heard it I cried and cried. I often lapse into the mindset that God is disappointed in me, nodding His head, wondering why I’m so….human. So….weak. But He already knows! And loves me still! Praying for your encouragement this day, and fresh mercies for each one to follow! Love, Linda

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