I really do not know how to say this so that I do not raise anyone’s hackles, but I speak from experience. We fail because we are weak!!! Read what Paul writes to the Philippians: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Phil. 4:13).” We are weak only because we want to be, only because we look for excuses for not being like others. We are not like others; we are individual children created by God.
When we realize, truly realize, that we are of God, there is nothing, nothing, in this world as beautiful, as wonderful as walking with God. When you accept and experience this, you will understand how wonderful life is. I was taught by my grandmother but did not really understand until I was much older, that when I confront a problem, I recognize that I need help to solve it and the best help comes from God. We serve God when we are strong; we serve God when we are weak. He loves us. He loves when we do His deeds, good deeds.
I also know that when I am in need and suffering, I find that when I go outside of myself to serve others, many times I am well-equipped to bring God’s Love and Comfort to those I serve. I call this strength through suffering, because in my suffering, the presence of God is so much stronger, allowing me to both serve and be relieved of my own problems. This is a blessing all around. In my own weakness I recognize the weakness in others and when serving others, I see the weakness in me. We both gain; we both share God’s Grace.
The story of my life with its many varied episodes boils down to one simple fact – I was lost, stumbling through my days until I accepted and remembered that God loves me, and God loves all of us. I am weak, and I am tired; however, I am strong, and I am tireless. Isaiah teaches, “God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint (40: 29-31).”
Regardless of what happens, God is Love, and I am strong. God overcomes weakness and failure.
©Russell Kendall Carter
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