I’m finding that God uses the very thing in our lives that makes us feel like a failure to help us recognize His power to accomplish things and not our own means. The same thing you see as a weakness to you is actually the very thing God will use to make you strong for His kingdom. He created you and I that way for a reason.
I have one little boy in my classroom who can be a challenge at times. And I’m beginning to see how this is a good thing. How it reveals his strengths. Even in his weakness to be talkative and disruptive in my classroom.
One day he decided to stand up on the chair and start coyote howling in class. It wasn’t before long that everyone else followed his lead.
Yet, I see a lot in this student.
Even in his weakness.
I see how the same weakness that inspires Sebastian to confidently communicate and gain everyone’s attention to start coyote howling in the middle of my lesson is actually a strength that will make him a confident leader one day. He’s just got to learn how to harness this strength and use it in the proper place and time. And he will.
It’s easy to feel like the thing that makes us weak is going to be our Achilles heel our whole life. But what if it’s not?
What if your Achilles heel is actually God’s great secret weapon?
God let you be weak in that area so that you could learn how to seek God to find real strength in that area.
He’s making you strong.
But He lets you be weak.
Lest you forget that He’s the one who has the power to make all things happen. Like Paul, your thorn in your flesh will be covered by his grace (2 Corinthians 12:7) . And you will be strong because of the Lord. What a comfort to know it’s God who makes us strong and not ourselves.
“In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”
-1 Peter 5:10
If we did not have an Achilles heel or a weak area, we would think we were the ones who accomplished everything.
And God does not want that.
God does not want us to assume we are the powerful ones who accomplished everything on our own.
So maybe, our Achilles heel is God’s secret weapon to keep us close to Him.
Where we can be strengthened by the real source of strength.
Comforted by the real comforter.
Find power from the real power source.
Be great through the only One who is truly great: God.
We must turn to Him in the midst of our weaknesses or else our weakness will remain weakness. If want to find strength in the Lord we must seek Him. It involves repentance, humility, surrender and a desire to want to do things God’s way and not our own.
Seeking Him will never leave us drained.
It will refresh us and calm the anxiety that accompanies an undealt with Achilles Heel. But dealing with it through seeking the Lord will heal our hearts and renew strength we need.
Let God encourage your heart with the wonder of His power making us stronger through even our weakest places. Hallelujah.
“For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? – the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me on the heights.”
Questions for Today:
- What are weaknesses?
- Why did God let me be weak?
- How can the Lord convert my weakness into strength?
- Why is my Achilles heel God’s secret weapon?
- What next step is Jesus asking me to take in my relationship with Him today?