Friday, February 17, 2017

FMF with Kate Motaung
The word is “weak”

Not Meant for Shame, Only Gain

“We are weak, but He is strong”. Remember the child's song? “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so”.  I sang it in Sunday School. I loved it. I knew I was weak and wanted to trust there was someone who was stronger who would help me. The only thing I really saw was people who were getting stronger, learning more and not helping.  I saw my weakness as a negative thing so I got stronger in my pride and I left the song behind for the children. I could handle things on my own. When all fell apart around me it became my cry, my plea. However, I didn’t sing it with assurance, I sang it with desperate hope. “Oh Lord, please let it be true”.

When I finally reached out and called out to the Lord it wasn't in my strength. It was in weakness. My own strength never draws Christ unto me. It's the one truth I keep learning. Is also the one thing I still don't like. Who likes weakness? Don't we usually try to hide it?  We boast in what we accomplish, the good and healthy decisions we make, how far we have come, but who boasts in weakness? Seems like once we think we have it together we blow it, if not in one area, then in another.  It can paralyze and pride can move right in. The moment I think I am strong, it's like asking the Lord to step aside and let me take His place.

Jesus didn't die for the strong or as the strong. He died in His own human weakness. He had to be broken and depend on God the Father.  I too need to be broken and depend on Christ the resurrected one. Then I can look at my weakness and say “It is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed”. (Lamentations 3). And in our weakness, that is where Christ strengthens us. That is where the confidence comes from. That is where we will find our true hope.  The children's song is for all of God's children, no matter how old. He is our daddy, our Abba.

Paul said “But He said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me”. Paul knew, and he had more to boast of in his flesh than most. But he met the Lord and his accomplishments took a back seat. May I keep seeing my weakness as an avenue to Christ and not a refusal to believe in His power.

When I finally dare to fall to pieces, that is where I will fall into peace.

10 comments:

  1. Hi Mary! I am your neighbor for Five Minute Friday, as well as a Massachusetts neighbor (Attleboro area)! I'm glad I found you and enjoyed reading your honest yet encouraging post today. How wonderful that our weakness can be an avenue to walking in His strength. Have a wonderful day. http://simplyflourishinghome.com/

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    1. Good to find someone in MA! I grew up in the Eastern part, Scituate. Miss my ocean. Thank you for encouraging words.💓

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  2. I love that last line! Yes, it is in our weakness that we truly know his strength.

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    1. It gives weakness a purpose, doesn't it? 💓

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  3. What a lot of profound truth and insights this post is full of! I love its final line, too! But the one I want to "take away" with me is this one: "The moment I think I am strong, it's like asking the Lord to step aside and let me take His place." A waker-upper sentence to place somewhere where I will run into it often!

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  4. Wow, Mary. That last line just gave me chills. Thank you for this wonderfully brave and honest post! This is a gem.

    I think you've helped a LOT of people today.

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  5. Wonderful post, Mary! Thanks for the encouraging words. I will be mulling over them today!

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  6. "When I finally dare to fall to pieces, that is where I will fall into peace." I love your play on words with piece and peace.

    Children's Bible songs are so simple but rich in truth. I'm glad for the times I get to sing them with children—then I can learn from the masters of childlike faith and renew my own.

    --Cheryl

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