Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:34
Dear friends in Christ, often times, we maintain that we are weak, but the Holy Spirit, through today’s devotional, reminds us that our weaknesses should not be an excuse for displeasing God, rather weakness is the very quality that makes God choose us. God is a specialist in making strength come out of weaknesses. The Bible confirms this in 1 Corinthians 1:26-28: “Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things — and the things that are not — to nullify the things that are.” (NIV) All through history God has chosen the weak, poor and inadequate nonentities to display the might of His Prophetic and miraculous powers. As such your present inadequacies and weaknesses should not be a source of discouragement, rather it should be a source of hope, if only you can surrender totally and depend wholly on God. God only uses the “adequate, the strong, or the rich” only when they renounce their dependence on their own ability and resources. Human weakness and inadequacy provides the best background for the display of divine power. “My strength is made perfect in weakness” was God’s answer to Paul. “When I am weak, then I am strong,” was Paul’s testimony. (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10)
J.S. Stewart wrote, “It is upon human weakness and humiliation, not human strength and confidence, God chooses to build His kingdom; and that He can use us in spite of our ordinariness and disqualifying infirmities.” Child of God, your experience of that sinful habit, of your present, your shameful past life, your difficulties in prayers, your demonic background, can become a channel through which you can connect to God. Offer your weaknesses to God to be His weapon through which His strength will be manifested. This is the strategy to which there is no retort, it is the way to overcome your weakness. Your weakness is the starting point, not your end. Pray with me as we end today’s reflection: “Lord, here are my human weaknesses (mention them), I dedicate them to you for thy glory in the name of Jesus-Amen.” God is waiting and wants to offer us strength in time of our weakness. Do not be afraid to pray and ask God for His strength to fall upon you! When you are weak, weary or unready to stand, and unsure of what to ask, pray along with these words!
- Take this prayer: “Lord, I’m weary. My energy is sagging, and my motivation is lagging. And I am so in need of you. I need your strength and your fresh touch to get back on track again. Your Word says the joy of the Lord is my strength. If that’s true, then I need your joy to replace all the bone-tired parts of my mind, body, and soul. The pressures of life sometimes push me into a corner, rendering me helpless to move forward. A hundred voices call my name, and I feel paralyzed at times to answer, not knowing where to turn. Lord, help me not to quit, to keep running the race faithfully, and to find strength in that safe, secret place of yours, under the shadow of the Almighty. I need your strength to say no when I’m tempted to surrender to harmful things, or when selfishness clings to me and won’t let go. I need your strength to say yes, when cowardice and fear nudge me to deny the convictions of my heart. I need your strength to reach out in love to those – both close to me and all around me – in the name of Jesus-Amen.
- Pray with Psalm 18.
Exercise: Take the Prayer of St. Padre Pio “Stay with me Lord” twice today.
Memory Verse: 2Corinthians 12: 9.