The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"Weakness As Opportunity"
In times when we feel inadequate to meet the challenge of the task at hand, great opportunity lies before us.
"Who is sufficient for these things?… Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God" (II Corinthians 2:16; 3:5).
Scripture calls us to "be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might" (Ephesians 6:10). Feelings and sensations of weakness therefore call us to avail ourselves of the strength always necessary, but in ways sometimes more consciously known and felt. God does not require us to do our best for Him, but rather calls us to trust Him to do His best in us. Things happen deep in the spirit when we look to Him in such faith, which lead to doings that would not happen if our sense of weakness did not lead us to trust the Lord for His leading and enabling. "My strength is made perfect in weakness" (II Corinthians 12:9).
How many things happen in the world that begin with God reminding a weary and worn believer that His strength lies close at hand, and present in heart? More than we can imagine. Thus, we rightly view weakness as opportunity rather than liability. Our need for grace becomes a realized reality, leading us to fulfill our need to trust the Lord Jesus Christ not only as our Savior, but as our very life. "We had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead" (II Corinthians 1:9).
The life to which God calls us far transcends our native ability to fulfill it. "Walk, even as He walked" (I John 2:6). We are always weak in this sense, and in times when we vividly realize our human frailty, the promise of our Lord's enabling may well shine more brightly in our hearts and minds. This is a good thing, or rather, this is an absolutely essential awareness as we lift our hearts and hands to receive the only power whereby we may live by the Life of our lives.
"We also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God."
(II Corinthians 13:4)
"When I am weak, then am I strong."
(II Corinthians 12:10)
Weekly Memory Verse
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.