You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem! Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17 (NKJ)
I must admit that I have often felt ill-equipped for many of the opportunities I’ve been given. Although my initial response is usually one of “caution and fear”, I always eventually experience God’s abiding presence and strength in the midst of my challenge. Proverbs 3:5-6 is my “touchstone” (go to) scripture: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” I continue to learn daily to totally depend on HIM and the importance of necessary weakness.
In this postmodern society, self-initiative and personal accomplishment is glorified and cheered. “Tooting your own horn” or “celebrating oneself” masks the prideful tendency of mankind to gloat in his own works with little glory given to God (Jeremiah 9:24). Individuals tend to compensate for potential weaknesses through their dependency on academic degrees and personal experiences to provide, what they view, as viable solutions to life’s challenges. As a rule, declaring one’s personal weakness is not well received by the world.
Even “God assignments” entrusted to both laity and clergy are first evaluated through the lens of personal capability and competency versus going first to God for instruction and empowerment. We even view our spiritual gifts and talents as the only means to sustainable ministry success. How foolish! We fail to see the real ingredients for usefulness to God is weakness and inadequacy.
Also read: Is it OK to be Weak?
Jehoshaphat gets an A+ for his quick recognition of his situation and his inability to handle what threatened the nation of Judah. He put first things first—he “feared”, he “sought the LORD”, and he “fasted”. In their weakness, Jehoshaphat and Judah fixed their eyes on the LORD. And the LORD responded and told them to “set yourself…stand still…and see salvation” (2 Chron. 20:17).
Imagine what would happen if we as a country, would acknowledge “our fear” concerning our nation’s future and cooperatively fast and pray (2 Chron. 7:14). Visualize the impact if our churches collectively, regardless of denomination, would “cry out” to God to save our children from Satan’s attack resulting in senseless suicides and killings. Picture the transformation we would experience in our communities and in our families if we would “stand before God” and declare our total dependence on Him and Him alone. BUT we have not. We continue to do what is “right in our own eyes” (Judges 17:6). Through failed social programs, fractured political platforms, and misappropriated power, we unsuccessfully attempt to “fix ourselves” rather than acknowledge our weakness and need for God.
Let us pray for wisdom and humility to embrace our personal and collective weakness—to realize the spiritual truth that in weakness God’s glorious power is released. Paul understood the truth of necessary weakness and dependency on the Lord. May we begin today to do the same!
I have plenty to boast about and would be no fool in doing it…even though I have received wonderful revelations from God. But to keep me from getting puffed up, I was given a thorn in my flesh. Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My gracious favor is all you need. My power works best in your weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may work through me. Since I know it is all for Christ’s good, I am quite content with my weaknesses and with insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:6-10, NLT).