He Weakened My Strength
Psalms 102:23: He weakened my strength in the way; . . .
For quite some time before I received Jesus I had a deeply troubling awareness of my own weakness. I could not accomplish what I wanted, I could not get what I wanted and I could not get the happiness and enjoyment that I wanted. All hope that I could ever enjoy anything was gone. I was helpless before the Almighty God. I had no idea what I needed. Somehow He awoke within me the knowledge that what I needed was Him and that without Him I would be trapped forever in my helplessness. It was not so much that He made me weaker but that He made me aware of my weakness. We need that knowledge so that we will come to Him and be saved. We also need that knowledge after we are saved so we will depend upon Him to guide us and provide for us. Since I have been saved I am still sometimes overwhelmed by the knowledge of my weakness. But now I know what I need. I need Him and everything about Him. I need His forgiveness. I need His guidance. I need His will. I need His help.
2 Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ*s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Isaiah 40:31: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Have you come to this realization of your weakness? And are you glad of it? Have you discovered that the only meaningful and necessary source of strength is the Lord?
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Has He weakened your strength? Do want Him to? Do you ALWAYS want Him to?