“You’re only as strong as your weakest link.”
It’s been said countless times, but it’s still true. The thing that you have to determine is that, with God’s help, to be the strongest weak link. It sounds strange saying it this way, so let me clarify. “Let the weak say, I am strong.” – Joel 3:10
Paul said it this way, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” – 2 Corinthians 12:10 In other words, in your weakness, draw on His strength.
There will be many times in your life and ministry where you will experience weakness. It never comes alone either. Sometimes it brings fear, other times despair. Anger and jealousy can come with it also. Those are the loud ones, and their purpose is to distract you. They don’t want you to see the temptation that is lurking in the background. Misdirection is an old tool that has destroyed many.
The thing that you have to determine is this, will you draw on your weakness, or God’s strength?Too many times, we think “I can face anything”, until we face something we can’t handle. Or, you can do what wise men and women of God have done through the centuries. If you live in His strength, then your Christian walk will be consistent throughout even the darkest times of your life.
I’ve faced serious battles in my own life. I’ve also watched dear friends and families face life and death situations successfully. All because, in the worst times of their lives, they knew something vital. In the day of battle, all your talent, your abilities won’t be enough. They knew that God has always been more than a conqueror against any foe!
Why is it so hard for us to rely on God’s strength? He told us from the beginning that we would need His strength every step of the way. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
After all, His shoulders bore Calvary. His arms lifted the sins of the world. Mine can’t handle traffic at rush hour. Lord, help me to look to you, and not to myself. It’s the example of the Apostle Simon Peter. As long as he looked at Jesus, he could walk on the waves, but when he took his eyes off Jesus he sank. The Lord was there to save Him, He will keep us safe as well.
My only failures came when I relied on me instead of Him. When I look to Him, I am always successful. So do not let weakness discourage you. You will face it at some point, and you will need help! Let His strength bear you up and you will not fail!
This doesn’t mean you want have trials. You will, but it means you will have them, they will never have you! My hands will tremble, they will grow weak, old, and frail. That’s why I don’t trust in what I can handle. Instead I follow the words of the old song and simply, “Hold To God’s Unchanging Hands!”