We all have something, don’t we? Some fear, or flaw, or brokenness; some insecurity or sense of inferiority that we desperately want to overcome.
(Whether we admit it or not, we all do.)
Sometimes it’s a glaring and obvious failure; something that we believe everyone can see. Sometimes it’s our blind spot; something everyone, but us, can see. And sometimes it is a hidden something, we struggle with all alone, stumbling, falling, getting up again, hoping to conquer it, yet continually falling short of our goal.
We are all of us only human after all, and our weaknesses are ever present, daily reminding us of that fact.
Being weak is rarely admired in our society. We admire the strong. The brave. The people who are considered conquerors. Victorious overcomers. The winners. People who habitually “look and act” successful, and are always, always, admired by the crowd. And let’s face it, we admire them, too.
Yet every “winner” has that something… just ask them (in a transparent moment) they will confess to struggling, too.
We’re all flawed.
Doubt it for even a moment and your weakness will usually pop up somewhere, somehow, to remind you (and everyone else) that you are so much less than what the world admires the most.
So why is it, “the strong” that the world lifts up, God looks down on?
The Bible says, “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty.” 1 Corinthians 1:27
Why do we tend to think of brokenness as bad?
It has taken me almost a lifetime to come around to God’s way of thinking about weakness. He seems to specialize in choosing the people we would never think of. And then, to make His point, He sends them off on some monumentally heroic or difficult assignment.
Almost without fail God picks the last guy we would pick.
(Someone like me… or you!)
God just loves showing off through the weak and helpless people of this world.
Don’t be surprised if God puts His finger right on that “something” you have, that ONE THING that makes you cringe in fear, or embarrassment, or frustration… that weakness or brokenness that you long to keep hidden, to conquer… yet always seems to be conquering you.
Yeah, don’t be surprised if THAT THING, is “the thing” that He calls you to do.
Someday when you least expect it you may hear God whisper, “Right here, in your greatest weakness and brokenness… this, is where you will serve Me and honor Me the most.”
I know how difficult and crazy your life has become. You are to press through these difficulties until you get to the heart of the matter.
There will I be.
I AM always with you Sweet Heart no matter what the problem. But you will not discover My presence in your outer stress.
No, My place is in the center of your storm. That is the place of peace. That is were you will find Me and My strength to go on.
You can do this thing you keep saying, “I can’t!” to.
(Press in. I’m there.)
It is your fear that immobilizes—your anger that paralyzes!
Your peace is not in the absence of conflict—it is in Me.
(You know this.)
Come, I AM all you need.
I will bring you through.
Don’t focus on what you can’t do.
Did I not create you?
Who knows better than I? Your strengths, your gifts… even your weaknesses are from Me.
(Ah, you thought you were the source?)
I AM a God of balance.
I create the light and the dark.
Your weaknesses gift you.
(Now that one surprised you!)
Listen, I’ll ask you again, “Where does true power come from?”
(… of course.)
And would you come to Me if you were nothing but “strength and gift”?
(We both know that independent streak you have.)
So… the storm and difficulty are for revealing you to you.
And as you see yourself, as you really are, you run to Me!
(I like that.)
“…keep on doing what is right and trust yourself to the God who made you…” 1 Peter 4:19