May 6, 2012 Bible Reading
Over the last couple of days I’ve encountered messages about weakness and strength. More specifically, my weaknesses and God’s strength. I’m reminded in several areas of my life that it is where the two meet that I must go.
Today’s reading is one of those places “pointing” me towards that concept. In Ruth we see a beautiful picture of God’s grace out of the destruction and rebirth of a family. Not only was Ruth blessed by God’s grace out of the weakness of becoming a widow and headed for destitution, but because of her obedience to God and doing what was right, God made her part of the lineage of Jesus Christ!
In John we see an Official that comes to Jesus to get Him. The official wants Jesus to heal his son. The Official is normally a man of strength because of his earthly stature. He is made weak because of the illness of his son. Out of that Jesus performed His 2nd miracle and Jesus’ grace was sufficient to heal the child. (I like the way Jesus did this without even being with the boy. It shows us that Jesus doesn’t have to be “physically” present to perform His grace.
In Psalms I’m reminded of the accounts of Joseph, Jacob, and Moses. All men that have a story of weakness brought to strength by God’s grace.
Joseph the youngest brother was sold into slavery in Egypt because of his brothers actions. He turns out to be in control of all of Egypt because of God’s grace.
Jacob often ran from his fears a weakness many of us suffer from. He wrestled God and won! During the wrestling match Jacob says:
“I will not let you go unless you bless me.” (Genesis 32:26 NIV)
Jacob being strong was brought to weakness when God touched his hip socket and caused him to limp. God brought Jacob to physical weakness so he would no longer run from his fears but face them. Because of this physical weakness, Jacob was made strong and God changes his name to Israel and made him a nation. (sorry for the run-on sentence… I was on a roll)
Moses was a man of temper and poor speech. God used him to mold a culture from God’s command and Moses still speaks to us today from the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. What strength.
In Proverbs we see this…
Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,
and for their children it will be a refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:26, 27 NIV)
I believe that “fear” is also “respect” when used like this. The Lord says in the Bible, “Do not be afraid” 365 times when he appears to people in the Bible. I don’t think He wants us to fear Him given the fact that he tells us not to the same amount of times that there are days in the year. I think He wants us to have a healthy “fear” of Him or a respect of Him. Kinda like electricity. I’m not afraid to turn on the lights, but I do respect what electricity has the ability to do!
However, when you look at it, the passage is talking about someone who fears or respects. That puts them at a place of inferiority or weakness in relation to the one of strength. Our weakness and His strength.
Spiritual S.W.O.T. Analysis – The Tough Part
Where in my life am I weak that I have not allowed God to show His strength. Remember, we are blessed by Him when we share in His strength? This “Spiritual S.W.O.T. Analysis” is even tougher than the kinds of S.W.O.T. analyses used in business. I am going to do a Spiritual S.W.O.T. and start with my weaknesses. There are probably more places in my life that I could allow God to show His strength that I am not right now.
Hey You! — Leave A Comment On This Post
What about you? Do you have place where God has shown His strength in your weakness? Leave a comment on this post and share with the rest of it. Don’t be afraid… we know how that goes…