Focusing on our weaknesses in life is like putting air into a balloon, it will expand until it blows up in our face. A weak area of our life looms bigger and bigger until it can overwhelm us. Joseph Prince often gives me strength for my day, and he reminded me recently of something the Holy Spirit taught me as a teen, concerning my weaknesses. My mother had often sung to us the song about children which says “they are weak but he is strong.” So the idea was strong in my understanding of God. My vision, however, was of a Fatherly God taking my hand and walking with me everywhere I went, doing the things for me that I was too weak to do. It was a child’s perception. But as I matured and became a teen that image was no longer sufficient, because I was being forced to meet my own needs to have strength in a lot of areas. My first real struggles in life required that I learn to use that little verse, and learn to yield to the power of the Holy Spirit, and focus on his grace, not my weaknesses. I had to learn that the Spirit which I had asked to indwell me was a power to harness to be a new creation, to live a life of being transformed.
Pastor Prince said :
“Beloved, when you look at yourself today and see your weaknesses, don’t get discouraged! Know that as you depend on God’s grace, He can and will supernaturally transform these weaknesses into strengths. …
"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”…—2Cor 12:9” (devotion 1/24/13) http://josephprince.com/”
Although talking about our weaknesses will often be healthy and helpful, it has a tendency to focus on the weakness. Addressing root issuesthat make our weaknesses dominate areas of our lives can redirect us, but what
we often need is something more powerful than discussion. We need power.
If I focus on putting energy into blowing up balloons, myspirits are lifted for a bit, because they are fun and colorful, but the effect is not long lasting. Talking about our weaknesses has the same effect. It lifts us for the moment, and in fellowship we feel comforted. But the focus again is on the weakness, on us, on our feelings, on the solution, on ideas, on complaints, on failures…etc., etc. But many weaknesses have a tendency to build upon themselves more difficulty than strength. The more we try to fix things, the more difficult living becomes. And the difficulty “balloons.”
God sees our weakness as an opportunity to use us to his Glory. His Strength becomes perfect in our weakness!! It is an opportunity for him to make a miracle in our lives. To live divinely through us. What he asks us to do is:
- Step out as if we didn’t have the weakness, and act as if we were God. Not imagining ourselves
to be God. I didn’t say that. But allow our faith to help us act not as human, but as divine. Think about how Jesus tackled things. He had no doubts. He expected his Father to act to meet the need. He was prayerful, but determined to follow through once he knew the Father’s will. Imagine for a moment being Moses with only a rod, tapping a rock and expecting water to come forth. Get the point? Turning our focus onto God’s power and willingness to meet our needs deflates the balloon, because our focus becomes more positive. We may become elated by the sheer awe of God’s amazing approach to life. Any weakness that has taken on a life of its own, begins to fade away, and the strength God has instilled in you emerges like a seed bursting forth into a plant, and begins to grow.
- Focus on tending the new growth. It gives us something to do to direct our mind off our weakness, and encourages our strengths. But it also makes the Grace of God visible to others as well as to us. We can watch the supernatural power of God “transform” weakness.
See all weakness as a packet of seeds, ready to plant in the fertile soil of God’s love, warmed by his grace, transformed by his son, and a new picture emerges. Rather than a balloon growing into a volatile explosion one day, which says to everyone, you have failed because of your weakness - you have a garden of anticipation for
good things, which nourish your soul and often produce beauty. All life is a miracle, and that which reinforces life also reinforces growth. Putting your effort into expanding a balloon is just collecting a lot of hot air and happy feelings that are short-lived. Putting your effort into planting your smallest faith, is expanding your potential for growth and yields lasting benefits for life.
Grace is enough to turn your gaze, transform your weakness. This is one of the laws of opposites in God’s world of balance. His strength becomes perfect when applied to our weakness. Two parts, opposite shapes that link perfectly together to make a whole. He created in us a need for his strength, so that we might find completeness in fellowship with him. In so many ways, God desires to be one with us, and we resist. Why? It is an act of a loving God to create us to need him, because he loves being there for us. His joy is fulfilled in us. And we don’t lose something in the process. Again an opposite, because we actually gain by needing him.
Father, although I love my childhood memory of imagining you holding my hand down through life, I prefer to have a stronger image of you impowering me by your Spirit. I desire to live life as if I had no weakness because I live in your strength. I often focus on my weakness and allow it to expand to levels of frustration before I embrace that great life altering truth that you desire to live out your strength through me. I ask Father that I might plant my weakness in your fertile soil of strength, where I may grow in Grace into your new creation. Transform my weaknesses into new life. In Christ's name, AMEN