The Strength of Weakness
So [Gideon] said to [the Lord], “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’d like to help, but I wouldn’t know where to begin”; “I’m really not qualified to take on a ministry like that”; “I’m a nobody”; “I couldn’t expect people to follow my leadership on that project.” Those aren’t always unreasonable perspectives. After all, an eighty-year-old saint is not likely to be chosen to be an astronaut. So, life does have its limitations.
But for the most part, we are too quick to look at our human stature—age, education, maturity, leadership skills—and disqualify ourselves from serving the Lord or others. That is, we tend to look at our weaknesses instead of Christ’s strengths. The Bible is filled with examples of God using the under-qualified and the weak to accomplish great things—like Gideon, for example. He was the weakest member of the weakest family in one of the smaller tribes of Israel. But God used him to defeat the Midianites (Judges 6 – 7).
God calls the weak to manifest His strength through them (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Real true faith is man’s weakness leaning on God’s strength.
D. L. Moody