Discover the Book - October 14, 2011

 

The Weaker We Get the Stronger Christ Can Be

As we open to II Samuel 23, we are opening to a confession from an elderly David.

The older we get, the harder it is to hide what is really going on inside our hearts and minds. Consequently, we become more and more transparent with our feelings and fears.  And God designed it that way. For as the clay pot, the tent we live in, cracks and tears, He wants the treasure of Christ within us to spill out to encourage others in their own unending struggles.

That is why David’s final words spoke of the power of the Holy Spirit within him. God’s grace and power, through His precious Spirit, is our only source of strength to live and die in a way that pleases God.

Listen now to David’s words, the confession of a weak old man about how he found limitless strength.

That is the secret to the man after God’s own heart: he knew that life was all about God, and not about him.

II Samuel 23:1-2 (NKJV):

Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; Thus says the man raised up on high, The anointed of the God of Jacob, And the sweet psalmist of Israel: 2 “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.”

David said it was God in me that produced these monumental resolves and worship songs. My paraphrase of the two verses before us would be:

This is David speaking, here is the key to everything in my life: it wasn’t about my words, my life, or my plan; it was all about the Lord in me!

Paul also came to this same conclusion a thousand years after David, in the New Testament. Paul talks about how he made it through so many hard times as an apostle of Jesus Christ.

Writing to the church at Corinth, in 2 Corinthians 4:7 he said:

“we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.”

The sum of my life, Paul writes, is the Lord. Paul was not some superman, he was just like each of us: tempted, tired, and troubled. But Paul learned, as each of us needs to, that:

The Weaker we Get

The Stronger Christ Becomes

In the next eleven verses, after v. 7, the Apostle Paul tells us what a treasure it is for us to go through times of weakness. Even when life is as rough, as Paul’s explanation shows in this passage, we go on because we believe the One who said that His strength is matured in us as we go through great times of weakness.

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