A Weakness is not something that we ever want to talk about.
I don’t walk around bragging, “Hey guess what I’m really bad at!” No! That would be like me pointing out all the zits on my face…not that I have any. We cover up any and all blemishes!
We only want others to see our best.
“That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”- 2 Corinthians 12:10
Most optimistic with a bright future will not easily understand that God wants to bring you to a place where you are weak. Where you see you are unable to go on, not wise enough, not good enough, where your best efforts will be futile because that is when you can really learn to rely on Him, and know that it was Him all along and not you.
When you are weak, then you can be strong because God wants to fill your life with His power, His wisdom, His grace, His mercy, and His presence but, in order for God to be able to do that you need weaknesses.
There are many people in the Bible who had weaknesses.
And guess what… God used them!
One was Moses…yeah you know him he was placed in a basket, carried down the river where pharaoh’s daughter found him and raised him.
“Let my people go!” -Prince of Egypt shout out. (Sorry, I couldn’t resist)
God chose him to lead his chosen people out of slavery and into the Promised Land.
However, Moses wasn’t a big strong leader, he was weak.
“Moses said to the Lord, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.’ The Lord said to him, ‘Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.’ But Moses said, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else’”- Exodus 4:10-13
It was a great honour that Moses was called when God commissioned him to bring Israel out of Egypt; yet he has to be persuaded to accept the commission, and does it at last with great reluctance.
He asked that someone else be sent!
How many times do we do this?
I know I do.
“God there is no way! I’m not the right person. I’ll mess it up.”
Another person that had weaknesses was David.
“After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’”-Acts 13:22
He was single-mindedly committed to God, yet guilty of some of the most serious sins recorded in the Old Testament.
David lived a frustrating life, first in the shadow of his brothers, then constantly on the run from vengeful King Saul. Even after he became king of Israel, David was engaged in almost constant warfare to defend the kingdom. King David was a great military conqueror, but he could not conquer himself.
King David was not perfect.
He had weakness such as committing adultery with Bathsheba and then trying to cover up her pregnancy. When he failed with that, he had her husband Uriah the Hittite killed. He took a census of the people, willfully violating God’s command not to do that. King David was sometimes lax, or absent as a father, not disciplining his children when they needed it.
And still God choose the man who used to be nothing more than a shepherd.
Moses and David aren’t the only ones mentioned in the Bible who had weaknesses, but they were still used by God.
Just a few…
- Noah was a drunk
- Abraham and his father worshiped idols
- Jacob lied
- Samson was a womanizer
- Rahab was a prostitute
- Jonah ran from God
- Peter denied Christ
- The disciples fell asleep while praying
- Martha worried about everything
- The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)
- Zacchaeus was too small
- Timothy had an ulcer
- Lazarus was dead
The list goes on!
“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.”-1 Corinthians 1:27
They all had weaknesses and God still chose them. Not many mighty or noble people are called. Rather, those who come in their foolishness, weakness and shame, bringing nothing in which they can glory, are saved by Christ.
Their salvation promotes a glorification of God who has saved them, rather than pride in their own efforts, which they know could never save them.
So, next time remember God can use you… Zits and all!
Just say yes!
You’ll be blown away by the results.