“I discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to weakness. He can't resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for his power.” (p. 19)
This first chapter reminds me that the most natural time to call upon the Name of the Lord is when we are desperately in need and/or at a point where we have reached our most vulnerable state. These moments can be extremely uncomfortable or, even embarrassing. We can become paralyzed by worries, doubt, unbelief and left with worst-case scenarios, playing in our minds on repeat. "Why is this happening?" "How do we get through this?!" 😣😖😡😭😬
Often times, this is where "Honesty faces Humility" head on, and our weaknesses are exposed. Our desperation leads us to our dependence on God. Holy Spirit uses God's WORD to search and reveal the hidden and deep sins that naturally reside in our hearts to strengthen us and our relationship with Him (Psalm 139:23-24). When we are humbled, it creates a greater thirst to know our heavenly Father and drives us to become more like Jesus in our innermost being. Our God doesn't want anything to hinder our relationship with Him. So, if that means dealing with even a hint of pride or deceit, He will do it for our benefit. As this process happens, we become more aware and concerned about our own dishonesty and the need for God’s TRUTH and GRACE to reside in our hearts (Psalm 51:5-10; John 15:7-8). We gain strength knowing He is the author and perfecter of our life; the one who gives us purpose, who has all the answers and the plans that are worked out for us in advance. (Hebrews 12:2, Jeremiah 33:3, Jeremiah 29:11)
"What about when everything is great and working out according to our plans?" "When we become proficient or excel at things?" To be honest, we can't sincerely call upon the Name of the Lord with an arrogant attitude because there would not be a need to. Ultimately, its not about our ABILITIES but, rather our AVAILABILITY to the one who has the POWER to do it ALL! Humility prevents us from becoming prideful as we realize that we are absolutely nothing without God. Humility means – prostration, not posturing a position; submission, not staging a scene. Humanly, it’s hard to admit or accept our weaknesses but, what if we made a choice to embrace them? Thank God that He is willing to patiently wait (however long it takes) until we are ready for Him to move on our behalf. Only when we are truly broken, we can understand the need to call upon the Name of the Lord.
"9 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. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-12)
I pray that we (Bridge family) would become desperate in our need to call upon the name of the Lord in every season and for every reason; to acknowledge His Power and Strength that is made perfect in our weakness and shortcomings.
Happy Mother's Day Sunday, Fam! 💐🌷🌹🌺🌸🌼🌻