Stand on your own two feet. This was my dad’s mantra. He often shared his rallying words with my siblings and me. He wanted us to have a hearty work ethic and a sense of independence. Certainly, worthy goals.
But when life was too much for my feet, I buckled. My inability to stand labeled me as weak in my mind. And weakness isn’t a good thing – or is it?
In her best-selling devotional, Jesus Calling, Sarah Young invites us to consecrate our weakness. She says we should “…accept weakness as a gift” from God.
There’s a refreshing take. Weakness is something we’re taught to despise. We try to hide it, laugh at it or even excuse it.
If we are to see weakness as a gift, consecration puts it in a different Light. Consecration means to dedicate something or someone to the service or worship of God. In Hebrews 11:21, Jacob shows us how to do this well.
“By faith Jacob, as he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and bowed in worship, leaning on the top of his staff.” (NLT)
This elderly patriarch of the Israelite clan used his last breaths to bless his grandsons. But as the staff supported his last lean, it became the altar for his worship. Jacob shows us how to win in our weakness: Give it to God.
His strength is best seen when our strength is gone. Our weakness may dim the light of who God intends us to be. But when we give it to Him, we experience who He is.
Amazingly, God can use our utter weakness to display His unlimited power.
When it comes to receiving a gift, I’m usually excited. But when it comes to my weaknesses, I’m usually discouraged or ashamed. By faith, that can change. Join me and let’s identify one of our weaknesses.
Maybe we’re weak to a person. Every encounter with them seemingly strips us of any power to speak up for ourselves.
Maybe we’re weak to a habit. We want to do better but we end up feeling like we have less dignity.
Maybe we’re weakened by life’s traumas. We’re fighting hard to recover but finding little hope to hold on.
Maybe your weakness isn’t listed here; but it still has a purpose.
Whether we have something wayward in our character or an emotional wound, let’s consecrate our weakness today.
If we can’t stand on our two feet, we can still lean on the staff of Christ’s grace. Let’s worship Him as the One who can use what we see as useless. Because even in our weakness, He gives hope for the heart and joy to the soul.