God of My Weaknesses, God of my Strengths

Updated: Aug 26, 2018



Since becoming a Christian, I’ve been through a whirlwind of life experiences. I’ve been through seasons of faith-filled victory, and I’ve also been through times of hope-drained emptiness. But for the moment, I want to focus on the former of these.


I remember moments from the first year of my journey with Christ. I was eighteen years old, loaded with zeal and faith that God had the power to literally raise the dead to life. I didn’t witness any bodily resurrections for myself. But I did witness the power of God resurrecting my academic grades. There’s one exam in particular that I doubt I’ll ever forget. I’d spent no more than a total of six to nine hours in total preparing for this one. But I prayed, prayed some more, and prayed again. When I sat at my desk in the exam hall, I prayed a prayer that went something along the lines of:

 

“Lord, I ask you to take full control of my mind, and I pray that you will give me the right words to answer these questions”.

 

Eventually came results day. My teacher called us to the front of the class one-by-one so that he could discreetly show us our results. I went forward when he called my name, with no expectation of what he was about to show me. I scanned through the page and found my name on the list, and was shocked to see next to my name:


Grade: A

 

I checked the paper several times in disbelief at what I'd just seen. Eventually, it sunk in. God did it.

 

This story isn’t to suggest that we don't have a responsibility to prepare. Preparing is important and the bible encourages us to do this (for example, see Proverbs 10:5). But I’ve shared it with you because of the child-like faith I had in God at the time.


When I prayed ahead of the exam, I really did believe that God had the power to do what I’d asked of him. My shock when I saw the result was based on the fact that I had no way of rationalising my result. It couldn’t have been coincidental. It couldn’t have been because I knew the subject so well, because I didn’t. God had shown me that beyond reasonable doubt, He'd delivered what I had no capability of delivering myself.


Daring to approach God like a child... 

This morning, I was reading Psalm 62. Reading it took me back to moments like the one I’ve just shared, full of faith and confidence in God, rather than my own capability. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learnt to reason and rationalise far more than I did in my earlier years. The effect of this spills over into my faith when faced by situations and circumstances that seem bigger than me. There still remains an element of the child-like belief that, despite what seems "rational", God has the power to do anything. But I know that with age and added life experiences, this is something that has shrunk compared to what it once was.

 

From Psalm 62, I wanted to share the following verses with you:

 

“I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken” – Psalm 62:1-2

 

“My victory and honour come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me” – Psalm 62:7

 

When we work hard to prepare for a task or situation, it’s easy to lose sight of God’s provision when we achieve success. The challenge for us is to remember that our skill and good performance is something that comes directly from Him (for example, see Psalm 18:39 and Psalm 144:1). David realised this when he was faced by Goliath, hence, he said:

 

“The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine” – 1 Samuel 17:37

It's easier to see God's hand in our life when we're certain that success had nothing to do with our abilities. It's much harder to see God's hand in our life when we have the skills/abilities needed. Maybe that’s why a wise man once said to God, don’t make me so rich that I’d deny you and say, who is the Lord? (see Proverbs 30:8-9). Because he realised that an abundance of wealth might cause him to forget God. He knew that he'd grow self-reliant as though he was his own source of success.


No matter how skilled we are in any given situation, it's God who gives us the ability to perform and succeed. After all, every breath that we breathe is a result of His provision. Therefore, anything good that we achieve is totally dependant on Him.

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