I am weak. There’s evidence in every area of my life. I know I wrote about weakness recently, but what can I say? It’s a recurring theme in my life. . . and I’m sure you can relate. (Here’s the other post: Blindsided by Weakness)
My imperfections get to me every day. Ready for some real-life examples? I struggle to understand what’s going on in a class. I fail to help one of the grade school kids I work with, instead confusing them. I worry about keeping up with the students in my major. I ignore an opportunity to glorify God, choosing the easy way out. I know I should work out but never (ever) do. These little things happen every day, and they weigh on me. So yes. I am weak.
But instead of believing it, I get mad. I get annoyed with others who seem to have it together, silently blaming them for my discomfort with the ways I fall short. I complain about how demanding my commitments are. Basically, I search for any detail or justification that will let me off the hook.
Have you ever noticed that God and satan are constantly battling to determine our perspectives on situations? It doesn’t matter what it is. It could be a bad day or a good day, an awkward encounter or a relaxing evening. Literally anything can be used to draw us closer to God or pull us from him.
This is exactly what I’ve observed in my weakness. God would have me see my failures as invitations to depend on him for every good thing in my life. He wants me to be humbled by them and come to him because of them.
But satan also has a plan: one that seems more natural and attractive in the moments I’m down. He wants my weakness to discourage me into shame, enflame unreasonable anger at others, and feed the overwhelming desire to give up: all this while I cast blame, evading the real problem.
But through this struggle, I think I’ve realized the way out: First, I can only find freedom from my weaknesses by fully accepting them. I need to look the problem in the weary face and say, “yep. It’s true. You are a reality in my life.” I need to accept that I am not fit for perfection in my job, classes, friendships, prayers, writing, relationship, appearance, or schedule: nothing!
And second, the only source of perfect power that exists is our great God and his Word. That’s it.
To all perfection I see a limit,
but your commands are boundless.
Honestly, I’m not that great at remembering God’s power and perfection in my weak moments. I spend time with Him in the mornings, talking to him and reading Truth, but the effects wear off frighteningly quickly.
That’s why we are called to walk by the Spirit, to abide in Christ! A single dose of him in the morning doesn’t stand a chance at lasting through the day. We need to call on him continuously: in both weak moments and successes.
The following verses have pointed me in the right direction in my weaknesses. Instead of letting me sink inward into negativity, they direct me straight to humble dependence on God. They remind me that I am loved and supported by my Father.
I challenge you to read through these verses and choose one to speak over and throughout your upcoming week. Write it on a sticky note, memorize it, and bring it to mind when you feel that you’ve failed. I’ll be doing the same! Let’s experience the power of a Godly, dependent state of mind.
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4
I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
In my last post about weakness, I wrote a short letter to anyone who struggles with it like I do. Maybe it's what you need to hear right now:
Hello! I'm Anna, a college student living in the Midwest. I'm a strong believer in uncontrollable laughter, powerful words, and a morning cup of coffee. I pray these posts will encourage you to live a full life with and for God: unhindered. Look forward to new posts every Monday morning!