From Weakness to Strength (by Gary Roberts)

“Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” Hebrews 11:33-34

The Bible is all about people that through faith and trust in God were able to subdue kingdoms. Men like Samson and Jephthah, David and Samuel – they did works of righteousness; they obtained God’s promises; they stopped the mouths of lions and quenched the violence of fire; they escaped the edge of the sword; because out of their weakness God made them strong.

Jephthah was a social outcast born to an unwed mother. Samuel was a great prophet but not a very good parent. David, a man after God’s own heart had an affair. But out of their weakness God was able to make them strong when they trusted God and not their own strength.

None of them started out strong; they became strong because of their faith and trust in God. And the neat thing is that if they can make it, we can too. For reasons God never explains, God chooses to work through people just like you and I.

God places us in difficult situations as a test to see if it will unlock our faith, our compassion and our creativity. When we don’t know which way to go, God connects us with those who can open the right door at the right moment.

Progress has always been made by people who faced their fears and rose above them. They knew that opportunity and security were opposites. The truth is, if the challenge you’re facing doesn’t place a demand on your faith, most likely it neither pleases God nor involves God.

What we often do is pray for easy lives but in reality God does not want us praying for easy lives; God wants us to pray to be stronger people. God wants us to pray for powers equal to the task God has waiting for us. For it is by God’s grace that each of us will make it.

Let us pray: O Lord when we look to You and not to ourselves You give us all the strength we need for the task You call us to. Help me to trust You more and not to depend on my own strength. When I am weak You make me strong for in You I can do all things. Let me believe this as in faith I trust the One You sent to make me strong – Jesus. Amen.


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