Do you have a dream in your heart that you’re not pursuing because you fear that you’re not good enough? Do you have a passion that you’ve squashed because you think you don’t have the ability to be a success in that area?
In order to be a success as a Christian, you have to stop assessing your dreams in the way the world does. The world’s way of deciding whether or not to pursue a dream is to look at your gifts, strengths and natural abilities. If we are strong in a particular area, we will pursue the dream but if we are weak, our fear of failure holds us back from pursuing the goal.
But God’s way is different. God often asks us to pursue things where we are weak in. God uses our weakness to make us rely on Himself. God uses our weakness as an opportunity to show forth His strength by His grace.
In 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, Paul writes:
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
David was another man who knew how to be strong in God through his weakness. When David faced Goliath with only five smooth stones, he was facing an adversary who had much more training and experience, who was much bigger and stronger and more skilful in battle than him. But David wasn’t intimidated by the strength of his enemy. David knew that despite his weaknesses, he could conquer any opponent as long as God was on his side. In the end, David defeated a giant with just a small pebble. God was strong in David’s weakness and His divine strength enabled David to accomplish something great.
In fact, God loves it when we are weak and we have to rely on Him for our strength. The story of Gideon fighting the Midianites shows that God purposely made Gideon weak so that He could glorify Himself when the weak Israelite army won the battle over their opponents.
In Judges 7, we find the account of how God reduced the number of men in Gideon’s army so He could gain the credit for their victory:
Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.
But the Lord said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.”
So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the Lord told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.
The Lord said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.
In 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, Paul tells us how God chooses the weak to shame the strong, so no one can boast before Him:
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.
We can be encouraged when we see our weaknesses because God can overcome our inability with His ability. Let God’s supernatural help us overcome our natural weakness.
In Zechariah 4:6, the prophet says:
This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.’
We can view our weakness as an opportunity to gain new skills, to grow, to be strong in an area you’re weak in, to gain new confidence in an ability that you’ve acquired that you didn’t have before.
Your weakness is an opportunity for God to do something new, to equip you with fresh power and might, to arm you with new abilities. Your weakness is an opportunity for growth, a chance for you to stretch yourself and conquer new frontiers.
So don’t let your weakness stop you pursuing your dreams and passions. Bravely decide that you’re going to pursue your goals no matter how weak you might feel, and rely on God to empower you to do even the impossible! If God has put a passion in your heart, then He will also provide the resources for you to achieve that passion. Rely on God and not your natural ability and you can fly to heights that you never thought possible.