In a world where power-struggles are the norm, and where body-building is the popular activity of many, God highlights weakness as a virtue. In a very small way, I have watched God teach me this lesson again and again.
Saul, who became Paul, had to learn this principle. R. C. H. Lenski writes, “Paul’s career began, like that of Moses, with flight and with a long period of waiting, waiting, nothing but waiting. This makes the flight from Damascus so significant. It forces Paul into the long wait in which he fully learned he was nothing, that his mightiest asset was utter weakness, weakness which enabled God to be everything with him and through him.” (1) Moses fled to the wilderness. Saul fled to Arabia.
Paul himself confirms this observation by writing, “To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,” (Ephesians 3:8). We could rightly conclude that the smaller we are in our own eyes and the greater Jesus and the gospel is, the more God can use us to accomplish His work.
This is not part of popular thinking today. I had the privilege yesterday to have conversations with two believers who are going through very difficult times. As I pointed them to trust in God, that He had a real and eternal purpose for them, one of them said; “this is hard for me to learn.” Yes, it is for any of us, but the reward of discovering God’s power in our weakness and His eternal plan is worth waiting until He shows us what His ultimate goal for us is – HIS GLORY!
(1) The Interpretation of St. Paul’s First and Second Epistle of the Corinthians, Wartburg Press, 1937, page 1287.
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