By Kathi Pelton
As we enter into this New Year (according the the Jewish Calendar) of 5776, it helps us to be aware that this is a Jubilee Year–a time when debts are canceled, land is returned and strength is given in place of weakness.
God is the One who will do for you what you cannot do for yourself. Have you been crashing into your own weakness and inability to help yourself? If yes, then you are to know that as you surrender your weakness to God that He will come in and manifest His strength on your behalf.
2 Corinthians 12:9-11
9 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. 10 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.
Yesterday I was sharing with a couple of young adults that the greatest dilemma we face as believers transitioning into adulthood is that, even as we must learn to shoulder greater levels of personal responsibility, it is vital that we also learn to become absolutely dependent on God. Dependency on God is the key to freedom and independence from the bondage of the world’s call to rely on our own strength. Self-dependence merely reveals our desperate need for God.
We are living in a time that God is being very deliberate, inviting His sons and daughters to live in the safety and refuge of His strength. This process first exposes our greatest weaknesses, and areas where we have been living independently from His strength, exercising our independence through self-protection, striving and insecurities. But the good news is that surrender is as easy as “raising your white flag”: turning in humility to a loving Father who is very present to scoop you up into His strong and loving arms and embrace you.
We are a people in need of God and each other, My area of weakness may be your area of strength and my strength may be your weakness and together we can hold one another up as God holds us all. We were not created to live independently from one another or from God. We shine through dependency and His power is revealed in our weakness. Unity and dependency are like a two edged sword. It is the truth revealed to His sons and daughters who live in a world that tries to deceive us into living apart from Him and one another.
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
This is a beautiful truth that speaks of the unity of marriage and of friendship. I love that I have my husband, my family and many friends who can pick me up and keep me warm–and I can do the same for them.
God’s strength makes the impossible possible. You can let your faith arise as you are facing impossible situations, because God’s strength and power comes to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.
“But Jesus looked at them and said to them, ‘With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’”
“But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; He is their strength in time of trouble.”
As you enter this New Year, celebrate His strength and power. Celebrate His invitation into Jubilee, where He does for you what you cannot do for yourself. Boast in your weakness, knowing that His power will make a way where there is no way.