The Weakness of Man and the Strength of God
A devotional thought from Halim Suh for “The Exodus”
Cognitively we understand that because of God’s great grace, we get to play a role in His mission to rescue all of His children. We all know that God uses the weak things of the world for His glory—that is why you and I are children of the King at all!
But I think that sometimes we see our sins as a means of our own disqualification rather than an opportunity for God to really display His power. We are going to see that very thing in this session as we study the life of Moses. He just didn’t think that he was the man for the job God had called him to—and he tried hard to get God to find someone else.
Moses wasn’t the only one that brought weakness to the table though. In the New Testament, we see that Paul talked about the same thing.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10: “Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Pause and Reflect
• How did Paul feel about his weaknesses?
• In what areas are you weak that God would have the opportunity to demonstrate His strength? How would you recognize His strength in that area?
• Do you believe God is surprised by your weakness or that He is sovereign over it? How does that affect your perspective on your weakness?