Weakness. It’s something that most of us despise. Coming from the perspective of a competitive man, I can tell you that weakness is not an attribute that I want to be associated with me in any way.
Yet, as a Christian, we see the issue of weakness from a completely different perspective.
Is there a way of using our weaknesses and making them our strengths? Is it possible that God sees our weakness in ways that maybe we don’t?
I believe the answer to these questions is YES. I think He does.
Here are 3 examples (out of many that we could have looked at) that may help to prove my point that weakness is not always a bad thing or something that should be avoided. In fact, it may be the very tool that God uses to bring Him the most glory.
3 Examples of God Using Weakness For His Glory
It doesn’t take long to read the Bible and see that God’s way is altogether different than man’s way. He says as much in the book of Isaiah:
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”
How true this is when it comes to this issue of weakness.
Think of these 3 examples.
1. The Nation of Israel.
God’s plan to save the world had to come through a nation. But which one? How would He choose? If God were like us, He’d surely pick out the strongest, toughest, wisest one, right? But that’s not how God is. Instead, God chose a country that is small enough to fit inside the state of Florida. Compared to the great nations of the world, Israel is nothing.
Yet, that’s the point.
Israel’s weakness was (and is) used to demonstrate God’s greatness and power. When you see what Israel has done and how it has survived and thrived throughout the centuries it can only make sense in light of the power of God to protect His people. Their weakness highlights His strength.
When you think about Moses, you probably picture a great man of God. And he was. But when you read the story of Moses, that’s not what you see.
Instead, we see that Moses had a stuttering problem like Porky the Pig and he was a man who felt that his weakness to speak was his reason to not be able to lead. Yet, God wasn’t interested in finding someone to lead his people out of bondage and slavery to the Egyptians who felt like he had it all together. He didn’t want a leader who didn’t need Him. What God wanted was someone who was willing to go despite how he felt about his weakness.
That’s the true story of Moses. He was weak but God was strong.
3. The Cross of Jesus
Think about the Cross. There was no other sign of weakness – and there still is not one today – that compares to the humiliation, helplessness, and brutality of the Roman cross. But God chose to sacrifice His Son in the cruelest possible way.
Why? Why would He do that?
Because God doesn’t see weakness like we see weakness.
The things that we curse, God uses to demonstrate who He is and what He’s made of. And that’s the point. It’s not about what we bring to the table. It’s what He does.
It’s not about the size of your country or the strength of your military.
It’s not about your ability to perform perfectly or your ability at all.
It’s not about how you think you would save the world if you had the chance.
Because, and this is key…it’s not about you!
When we focus on our weakness it is always about us. What we can do. What we bring to the table. What we’re capable of.We curse weakness because we don't actually want to need a Savior. Click To Tweet
Do you know why we need a Savior? Because we’re weak. We need Jesus precisely because we’re not strong enough to save ourselves. We don’t have what it takes.
That’s the point of God’s story and that’s why our weakness can be so useful to the story He wants to tell through our lives.
He will use the most unlikely people like you and me.
He will use the most unexpected events and the worst possible circumstances.
He will be able to transform what is hopeless and lost and bring about goodness and beauty.
But it will almost always be done through the weakness of those who surrender to God and say, “Not my will, but Yours be done.”
That’s what makes this simple prayer by Andy Stanely so profound: “God, I can’t. But you can.”
This prayer is the submission of your weakness and the start of something great. It’s at this point that you and I can really begin to see God do great things in our life. Because, after all, He can do what you and I can’t.