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Monday, July 1, 2019

Weakness Can Be a Good Thing

In review of Psalm 84:5 it tells me that “You bless all who depend on you for their strength” (CEV).

Psalm 84:5 
Happy are those who are strong in the Lord, who want above all else to follow your steps.

Growing strong in God's presence is often preceded by a journey through barren places in my life. If I spend time with God I will see my adversity as an opportunity to experience God's faithfulness even more deeply. 

If I find myself tired and running out of steam, the reason why is really simple: I’m human.

My strength is limited. But God’s strength is unlimited. My strength is finite. But God’s strength is infinite. My strength is exhaustible, that’s why I get exhausted! But God’s strength is inexhaustible. God never runs out of energy. God never gets tired.

Psalm 84:5 says, “You bless all who depend on you for their strength” (CEV). If I want God’s blessing on my life, then I need to depend on God for my strength.

At some point I may be so weak that I can’t even pray, read the Bible, go to a Bible study, work, or really do anything. In these moments, I rest in the strength of the Lord, in his arms like a little child, and I trust.

Weakness can actually be a good thing if it causes me to depend on God. In 2 Corinthians 12:8-10, Paul says this: “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. That’s why I take pleasure in my weakness, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (NLT).

That’s the paradox of depending on God: The more I’m weak, the more I depend on him. And the more I depend on God, the stronger I’ll get.

In summary, be strong in the Lord. My strength is limited, but God is unlimited. My strength in finite, but God is infinite. My strength is exhaustible, but God never runs out of energy. God never gets tired. So I need to depend on God for strength. My weakness is a good thing if I let it cause me to depend on him. The more I depend on him, the stronger I'll get. 

Interestingly, given some health issues, I am feeling weak. I have been trying to do so many things, working late hours, doing it on my own strength. This study is a great reminder for me to just rest in him and depend on his strength to make me stronger. This morning I pray Father for your strength, but also for your wisdom and guidance for my day. I ask this in your Son Jesus name, amen.

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