Scripture for the Weak

Posted by [email protected] on September 4, 2013 at 3:20 AM
I am not writing much these days, though I pulled away from my busy life last week to share one of the reasons why here.  In short, I've been struggling with hormonal imbalance and other physical issues for a while now and am trying to get rested in my body and my spirit before I pour out anywhere else.  

During this sabbatical of sorts I've been enjoying good, applicable times with the Lord in His Word.  I am in the process of simply reading through the Bible, from Genesis - Revelation, and am currently in the book of First Corinthians.  In my present state, feeling rather weak and spent, these few scriptures have ministered to my heart and given me hope as I continue to wife, mother, and homeschool each day.  

First of all, I am reminded that God does not choose the strong.  He displays His power through the surrendered, lowly, weak and despised things of this world.

1 Corinthians 1:26-31 NIV  "Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

1 Corinthians 2:1-5 NIV  "And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power."

What a shame it would be if I, in my strength, taught my children and ministered to the women in my midst - however would the Lord be magnified in my life?  When they would see me, hear me, and read my words... the glory would be mine.  But I am nothing but a handmaid, and a weary one at that.  And so my Master, who lifts me up as I serve Him humbly, receives glory and fame in my stead.  That is a gift.  A painful, scales ripped from the flesh, refining gift.  And in such blessed servitude strength is restored. His for ours.  

Isaiah 4-:31 NIV  "But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Here at home, with renewed strength, we go forth to the weak ones within our home.  Our children and spouses.  Miracle of miracles!  Our renewed strength to love, covers a multitude of their sins and weakness', with grace and power as we point to the Lord of our own trembling heart.

Romans 15:1, 2, 4-7 NIV  "We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good, to build them up. For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God."

Accept your own shortcomings, friends; accept your lowly, weak, frame, and turn to the one who lifts and restores, redeems and resurrects to new life.  And then walk in His strength into the lives of the weak darlings within your home, within your sphere of influence, within your reach, within your world.  

And now...

Romans 15:13 NIV  "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

Categories: Bible Study, The Hard Days

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