In today’s world, we see much about humanity’s strength. We hear about the power of humanity, the inventions of man, the wisdom of man and more. We live in a world that values self-sufficiency and independence.
Nonetheless, God’s kingdom is must different. Strength is found in weakness. The weak things shame the strong; those who the world calls fools for Christ confound the wise.
Man’s strength can be a great downfall in alliance with pride. Reliance on human resources can blind us from our constant need for Father God. Self-reliance causes us to think we are doing well when we are truly empty and doing nothing of value. It can hinder us from seeing the difference between what is temporal versus what is eternal.
“Since we consider and look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen; for the things that are visible are temporal (brief and fleeting), but the things that are invisible are deathless and everlasting.“ – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMPC)
Much of what we see is vanity and unreliable (Ecclesiastes 1). Our greatest satisfaction is found in leaning on the One who made us, admitting our need of Him, and surrendering our will to Him.
Our greatest place of weakness is actually a place of strength. In our weakness, He is able to show Himself strong. When we admit our need for Him, we show that our true dependence rests upon Him for our life and all things. This is not strength as the world defines it, but it is true strength bringing rewards for eternity.
The one who knows their dependence is on God is blessed. Those who know nothing else will satisfy but Jesus are truly blessed.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.“ – Matthew 5:3 (NKJV)
Continue to place the Lord at the center of your life, through the difficulty and the mundane, through the joy and the tears. You shall reap such beauty in His time.
“They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing. He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” – Psalm 126:5-6 (AMPC)
Every trial is nothing compared to the glory to be revealed (Romans 8:18) As you give the Lord the highest place of value and time, you shall see the fruit of that choice. Your dependency on God will be your greatest strength.