“So because of Christ, I am pleased in weakness, in insults, in catastrophies, in persecutions, and in pressures…for when I am weak, then I am strong” – 2nd corinthians 12:10
There is a song that I (and more than likely you as well) learned as a child that I have grown to really love and appreciate yet for years I had a lot of trouble with one of the lines…
“Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so / Little ones to him belong THEY ARE WEAK BUT HE IS STRONG”
That last line – “They are weak but He is strong” just didnt seem to fit the mold I was thriving to grow into! As a small child, I always equated victory/success/manhood with my strength. I mean come on, my hero growing up was B.A. Baracus from the A-Team. As a teen, personal strength was a test of manhood (hence the arm wrestling competitions and even fist fights behind the Agriculture Building at FCHS). As a bullrider, it goes without saying…weakness can NEVER be accepted let alone admitted.
Thats why this line bothered me so – it seemed as though it was call to willingly embrace weakness. And I didnt like it.
As I grew in my faith (and responsibilities…particularily now as a HUSBAND and FATHER) I began to learn what this whole “embracing weakness” thing is all about. It’s not abandoning strength alltogether. It’s not giving up my man card…
To be, as The Apostle says, “Pleased with weakness” is a call to surrender to My Creator. To allow Him to reign in my life and take hold of my heart. Admitting our weakness is an act of relying on Him rather than ourselves. That kind of weakness truly leads to great strength!
This is true, specifically within the context of a marriage. You know why? Because it’s hard! As I preached Sunday, marriage consist of two people waging war against the flesh, the devil, the world…and occasionally…each other. The only way to be strong, I mean to be able to MAN UP (or “woman-up” for that matter!) is to admit that we cannot do it alone. That our strength, no matter how powerful could never endure. Great marriages are built when two people abandone their own strengths and rely on Gods power.
How about you? Your spouse? Your marriage? Merely surviving in your own strength or THRIVING in Gods?
Soli Deo Gloria! – Pastor Kyle