“It’s funny how strength works when it comes to faith. Most of the time, I am not strong at all. My faith is weak and I am prone to doubts and fears. But when I need it, just right when I need it, the strength I need is there. Exactly what I need in that moment. God is good like that.”
I don’t normally quote myself, but this is something I wrote 9 years ago that could have been from yesterday. I can’t tell you how many times this truth has shown up in my life. I think the Bible has something to say about how God’s strength is made perfect in our weaknesses, so we can boast in those weaknesses. But that’s not something we’re supposed to do.
This culture values strength. This culture puts a premium on showing your best self at all times, even when it’s not your true self. Social media has taught us to present an edited, idealized version of us and our families and our lives that leaves out all the flaws and blemishes. But that’s not reality.
Reality is that we are broken and flawed people. The Bible calls that having a sin nature. We do what we don’t want to do and don’t do what we want to do that we know is right. But God loves us as we are and not as we should be. God sees us at our worst and loves us anyway.
God’s strength becomes present in our weaknesses the moment we say yes to Jesus. In the moment we confess our frailty to God and His holy otherness, we find that God’s strength becomes our own. When we accept God’s love, we find ourselves living out of the reality of being God’s sons and daughters.
God truly is good like that.