July 14, Weakness

Today’s reading: Psalms 66-70

“You, God, are awesome in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people” - Psalm 68:35.

Superhero movies abound and people flock to see them, identifying with these seemingly ordinary people who do extraordinary exploits. Books abound with stories of athletes and business leaders who excelled through exceptional effort and talent, and we refer to them as celebrities. Yet David made a statement as he closed Psalm 68 that it was God who gives His people power and strength. Therefore, it was not their own abilities that caused them to excel, but God’s supernatural ability placed in them. Much has been made of Paul’s discussion of his weakness and strength, and here is one verse from that discussion: “For to be sure, he was crucified in weakness, yet he lives by God’s power. Likewise, we are weak in him, yet by God’s power we will live with him in our dealing with you” (2 Corinthians 13:4). Paul fulfilled his Empire-wide apostolic tour not in the power of his spiritual gifts, which were quite significant, but in the knowledge of his weakness that he could not do God’s will without God’s supernatural strength and help. Are you involved in something that shows forth your human weakness while you function in your strengths? What can you say God has helped you do what only He could have done through you?