Admitting Your Weakness

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Admitting Your Weakness by Joni Eareckson Tada

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10

There is only one situation where weakness is a virtue. The Bible, of course, urges us to “be strong” again and again. Our culture celebrates powerful people and shows contempt for weakness. But in the presence of the Almighty, all-knowing, everywhere-present Lord of all, admitting weakness is both wise and appropriate.

In today’s Scripture, the Lord Himself speaks: “Be still and know that I am God.” In Hebrew, the term translated be still could also be rendered “to be weak; to let go, to release.” A paraphrase might read, “Let yourself become weak, and you will know God’s power in your life.” The apostle Paul agrees: “When I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). Whatever adversity you may be facing right now, don’t be ashamed if you feel weak or lack strength or resources. That’s the best time to present yourself to God, so He can supply His strength.

Lord, I remember the story of David at Ziklag. He was defeated and heartbroken, and he had cried so hard that he had no strength left in his body. His men were so angry with him that they were about to stone him to death. But your Word tells us that “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” (1 Samuel 30:6, NKJV). That is what I want to do, Lord, right now.

Taken from A Spectacle of Glory

By Joni Eareckson Tada

Copyright © 2016
Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.

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