I’m not trying to pat myself on the back or put myself high upon a pedestal; but I know I have much knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. I know I have the Spirit and power of God within me. I’ve seen my prayers and faith move mountains; I’ve seen myself reach goals that seemed impossible. However, in the midst of all this greatness, I still have weaknesses and fall short in some areas. And I have often posed the question to myself and God: why do I STILL struggle with issues, issues that even seem “petty” once I really examine them?
You may have asked yourself this question before too. The simple and OBVIOUS answer to this question is: we still struggle with issues because we are NOT perfect! However, the Word of God tells us that God is indeed PERFECT and there is no one who is GOOD except Him (Psalm 18:30 and Mark 10:18, New King James Version). No matter how much understanding, faith, or power we have; I guarantee you that we will have a flaw or weakness somewhere within us.
If you don’t believe me, look at the story of the old wise king, Solomon. He was the WISEST of all rulers and had enough understanding to make the right decisions no matter what issue the people brought before him. Yet with all his understanding, he still had a weakness for “strange women” which ultimately lead him to turn his back on God (I Kings Chapter 11, NKJV). Now as sad as Solomon’s story is, it taught me that weaknesses are GOOD in a sense because they can (if we allow them) be humble reminders that no matter how “big” or “great” we may become in life-we still need God!
You see, when we acknowledge our flaws or weaknesses that keeps us coming back to God because we know He is the only one who can strengthen us in the midst of our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NKJV). Without flaws, perhaps we might feel as if we don’t need God; and we might even forget to give Him glory for all the strength and power He has already given us. You might notice that I always say “To God be the Glory” at the end of every blog post! I do this because I never want to take credit for the power and truth that flows from the messages I share with you each day-every piece of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding I share comes from God! I wouldn’t even be able to share it with you if God hadn’t first given it to me and given me a right mind to share it! So I thank Him and give Him all the praise!
In closing I want to encourage you to not beat yourself up over your flaws but to view them as a way to show your Heavenly Father that you need Him. Understand that we get closer to God when we call upon Him; and He indeed delights in hearing and answering the calls of His righteous children! (Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV)
Say this short prayer:
Lord, help me to never get so full of myself that I forget you are the one who gives knowledge, power, and good success. Help me to remember that no matter how great you allow me to become, you are the only one who is perfect. Help me to acknowledge my weaknesses and humbly call upon you for strength. And keep me in remembrance that all the honor, glory, and praise belongs to you. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.
To God be the Glory,
*Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.