Strength through Weakness

Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”

Searching the Bible one can find many different verses that relate man’s self-aggrandized intellect as something less than desirable (Job 5:13; Proverbs 3:7; 16:25; Ecclesiastes 1:18; Isaiah 5:21; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Matthew 11:25; Romans 1:21-23; 1 Corinthians 1:19; 3:19; Colossians 2:8). It’s pretty clear what the Lord thinks of those who puff themselves up.

It is our own intellect that often gets in the way of faith. We seek to understand first before believing, when it should be the opposite. We want to remain strong in and of our own self, yet this is the very thing that hinders our relationship with God.

Indeed, God calls on us to be strong—but not in ourselves, but in Him and His Word (Psalm 22:19; 28:7-8; 46:1; 118:14; Isaiah 12:2; 40:29-31; Nehemiah 8:10; Habakkuk 3:19; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10; Philippians 4:13).

When we look at the verses, we should recognize that only when we are at our weakest, only when we can truly surrender ourselves to Him, can we find our true strength. However, this does not mean to just “Let Go and Let God”: We still must allow Him to use us, to change us, and to refine us. This requires an active faith, not just letting go and waiting for God to solve every problem that we encounter.

If we do not allow God to help deliver us, we will try to suppress the sin in our life by our own attempts to overcome it. We beg to God to make us stronger so we can prevail of our own merits, thus making the ability to conquer sin within our own power. However, the truth of the matter is that we are in this predicament because of a failure, not of power, but in leading a life in holiness. We seek deliverance through our own internal strength rather than reliance on Him.

And I can personally attest to this as an ineffective method of recovery.

This is not the design of the Christian faith. God wants us to come to Him in our state of brokenness and contrition (read the 51st Psalm as a perfect example from an adulterous and murdering David). Only though a humble heart, one that recognizes the weakness of our humanity, can we have victory over the sin controlling our life. It is God’s way to crucify the old nature in us (Romans 6:6; 1 Peter 2:24); not by helping the old man get stronger, but by renewing his heart towards Him in the spirit of regeneration.

Let us come to faith in Him and believe in His Word. If you’re “kicking the tires” with Christianity searching for fallacies, quit now.

Without faith, you cannot please Him, and I must tell you the alternative is not pretty. The choice is yours to make.