by Tyler Robertson
It should be no surprise that the world around us is contrary in every aspect to the things of God. What God seeks to establish in the heart of man, the lost world opposes with the highest disdain and what the world esteems in the flesh, God sees as an abomination in light of His Spirit. Unfortunately, we fall under the trap of trusting these worldly ideas far too often. We fail to see the all satisfying ways of God, because we are looking through our natural eyes, and we are completely comfortable using our own logic and reasoning. We want so badly to be used of God, but yet because of our own deceitful heart, we do not believe in the means by which we draw nigh to Him. One of these areas has to do with the core of manhood–our strength.
If you are living and breathing at this very moment, you are aware that life takes strength. To get out of bed, brush our teeth (hopefully you do that), or to simply walk to your destination. But we don’t want to just have enough strength to “get by,” we want to be the “toughest kid on the block.” We want to make sure that in the eyes of others, we still have it all together, and we can handle our own. But did you know that is exactly the opposite of how God chooses to gives us strength? Did you catch that? How GOD chooses to GIVE US strength. I don’t know about you, but I would rather have the strength of the Almighty, All-powerful God on my life, than to try to handle life on my own. Because let’s be honest with ourselves–we are NOT strong enough to handle what life will throw at us. We must have the holy presence of God standing before us in the time of trial and temptation.
So how can we be strong in the power of His might? Paul tells us in II Corinthians 12:8-10, “For this thing I besought the Lord thrice that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
Wait! What? So we are strong in Christ by being made weak? Precisely. The world teaches us the very opposite, that to be strong, we’ve got to hit the gym every day, or demand respect by “showing them whose boss.” God tells us that it is in the moments of our greatest weakness that He can become our strength. It is that moment that we empty ourselves of ourselves and allow God to fill us with His Spirit and power. Christ was the greatest example of a man with all power, yet He humbly became “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Even at the beginning of the time of creation, God used His greatest resource–nothing. You see, when God creates from nothing, no one else gets the glory! What does God want to create in your life today? Remember, if He is going to be made strong we must be willing to be weak. This is especially difficult for us men, because we hate to show any sign of weakness. We dread the thought of being vulnerable or open, when that is the very key to intimacy with God. If I am going to rely solely on the strength of God, I must allow myself to be weak before Him. Try praying what David prayed in Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”