Strong Made Weak

The very strongest of us can be taken down. Strength often gives the false illusion of pride and personal power. There is a sense that the strong are impenetrable or unaffected by challenges the weak face. I believe that is partly why Jesus Christ taught us that the strong are weak and the weak are strong. The strong man trusts in his strength, the strong woman hers. However, the weak person knows they can not do it alone and they humble themselves to be helped to function. The strong is weak because he does not trust and pridefully walks about as if he indeed were unable to be weakened. However, as my Daddy proved recently, the strong can be weakened. My Dad is the strongest man I know in so many ways and yet he was recently weakened by a minor stroke. Now this mighty man, ex Marine, farmer and machinist, is in the hands of Almighty God. And in reality, the weak have a major advantage in their life journey. They know they are in God’s hands and in need of help. The strong don’t often get it until they are weakened. Fortunately, my Dad was a humble man despite his strength but I believe that was a result of decades of the Holy Spirit’s power and influence. Weakness, as the world would call weakness, is strong because of its faith. I long to be weak in my ego, not suffer from pride and puffed up senses of importance and ability. I long to get out of the way and allow God’s strength and wisdom to flow through me because of Him and not me. There is a great disadvantage to power for this reason also. For someone to be powerful, someone else must be less powerful and the greater might look down on the lesser. Be warned, the weak can teach the powerful volumes in showing the way into God’s heart. He wants us to be humble and teachable.

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