Dr. Stanley brought out an interesting concept one Sunday, preaching about the story of Gideon. Gideon was supposed to lead the Israelites against the Midianites. Gideon had around 32,000 people with him, but the Lord said that was too many. So the number was reduced to 10,000. God said that was still too many and the number was reduced from 10,000 to 300. Imagine how Gideon must have felt after having an army of 32,000 reduced to only 300, a group over 100 times smaller than he’d had before. Yet the Midianites were defeated. You may be wondering why the Lord wouldn’t let Gideon go with more men.
“Yahweh said to Gideon, “The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel brag against me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.” Judges 7:2
Our Weakness to His Glory
The Lord may bring about trying circumstances in our lives in order that we may know that the Lord is the reason for ultimate success, and not us. In this way He can reveal His glory to us and to the world. He can use our weakness to His glory.
“Beloved, don’t be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you. But because you are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory you also may rejoice with exceeding joy.” 1 Peter 4:12-13
By trusting the Lord in our weakness and in trying times, we can be a light in the darkness and help broadcast the glory of God to the world.
When We are Weak, He is Strong
“Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10
That may seem like a contradiction in terms, but not if you understand that when we are weak and we’re trusting in God, using His strength to overcome our trials and not our own, then we are indeed strong. If we have the strength of the Lord in us, we are stronger than anything on earth.
“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Another impact of trusting the Lord in our weakness can be a stronger faith. When times are good we tend to be less reliant on the Lord, but when trouble comes, then we turn to Him. Thus is the fickleness of human hearts. However, in times like these we can learn to be stronger and trust more.
“Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope: and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
Strange and wonderful is the enigma of faith. Trusting God in times when we feel weak and afflicted can not only bring glory to God, but also help us grow stronger and build our faith.
Dear Lord, when we are weak,
Remind us of Your strength,
Grow our faith to greater lengths,
And let Your glory speak.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.” Ephesians 6:10