Have you ever cried out to God for help? Do you know that His power is available to the weak, the strong not so much? You might say that makes no sense. It is power that counts. Not is God’s economy. The rich young ruler went away from God’s presence because he would not give up his love for gold, which is fleeting and can disappear in an instant. I am studying a book by Robert Morgan, The Strength You Need, The Twelve Strength Passages in The Bible. One of the most encouraging is Isaiah 40:31, “Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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.” It tells us that we all grow weak. But if we hope or trust in the Lord, our strength will be renewed. We will even run and soar on wings like eagles. Yes, God is powerful and I think the above photo taken by Douglas F. Frank, my cousin and landscape photographer, has captured a sense of God’s strength. It is not a destructive tornado, but more so a cloud formation built from powerful winds over the Badlands. It dominates the image like a mystical presence.
The Apostle Paul suffered from some sort of illness that the Bible does not disclose. He cried out to God three times in beseeching prayer, “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Paul came to learn that it is God’s power we seek even in our weakness. God may want us to have some disability so that we will rely on Him not riches or position. The biblical character Nehemiah relied on God for his strength saying, “The joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). He prayed and sought God’s guidance to help him with kings and enemies of diverse kinds. God delivers those who are meek or weak. The Beatitudes tell us that they will inherit the earth. God does not work like the world. “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak” (Isaiah 40:29).