Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Our Weakness, God's Strength

“Sin crouches at our doors, looking for fault lines, searching for a point of entry into our hearts and souls. Which is why it’s so important to allow God to expose and confront the cracks in our characters.”

by Joanna Weaver
Having a Mary Spirit

Weaknesses? I've got plenty, enough to beat myself up forever. I try not to go there, though, because one of my worst flaws is self-absorption and stewing over my faults feeds it too much. But I'd be lying if I didn't admit to wishing for greater fortitude and pining away to feel more grown up and sure of myself. I desire a tougher gut, greater decisiveness, an ability to forsake my own comfort for the sake of God's kingdom. God is teaching me, but I'm on a huge learning curve.

And yet God designed me this way. Specifically. For a reason. I need to look at my shortcomings correctly, like Paul who rejoices that His Lord must fill in those gaps.

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.". . .For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I waste my deficiencies if I don't allow God to work on me and use them to His glory. My weaknesses are only weaknesses if I don't let God have His way with me. It can be scary to give Him reign like that in my life. What may He ask me to do? What might He put me through? How much pain will be involved? What will He require of me?

But if I don't allow God to do what He must, my flaws are for nothing except easy attack points for the enemy. This is why one of my consistent prayers is "Make me better than I am, Lord. Make me into YOUR image of me and give me the courage to do what it takes."

. . .For when I am weak, then I am strong.

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Jaime Kubik said...

I am always in constant awe at your wisdom. Such simple yet profound thoughts. I'm a lucky girl to know you!

MiPa said...

"waste my deficiencies..."

Wow! I have never thought of it this way. If I'm not turning it over to God then it is just wasted, not even useful to bring me more inline with his holiness. Dramatic thought/insight. Off to ponder this more. Great post my friend.

Missie said...

beautiful post! I beat myself up a lot...this is a great reminder that we NEED Him

Karen said...

Great job. It was well put. Thanks for sharing today.