We see it on cell phone commercials. We see it on superhero movies. There is something about being unlimited. There is something about being able to do what we want to do, for as long as we want to do it. Unlimited.
But, you know, we are not superheroes. We were not given skin that would never wrinkle, nor hair that would never turn grey. We are in fact limited. We are bound—for a limited time only—to this earthen vessel that will return to the dust. And the enemy would love to use our limits against us. But if we would dare to offer our limitations to the Lord, He is able to use them to accomplish His purpose.
A pat on the back is fun. Applause is encouraging. But if we are not careful, the applause for our strengths can cause us to forget that no flesh will glory in His presence. There is nothing good about us that has not been given to us from above. Our strengths may draw attention to us, but our limitations help us to point the attention to the One who really deserves it. To the limitless, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. If we ever dare to think that it’s about us, then let us scoop up a handful of dust, shall we? Without His Breath, that is all we would be.
This is not intended to belittle anyone, to make anyone feel worthless…quite the opposite actually. Humanity sees those who are the most limited with pity, with sympathy. We look upon those who need the most help, and we feel sorrow. We forget that the Lord uses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He views weakness through a completely different lens than we do.
The Scripture screaming at me this morning is the story of Joseph. Yes, he had a dream of greatness. A dream actually given to him from the Lord. But the path to its fulfillment was that of affliction and oppression. He had to endure a path of limitations until “the Word of the Lord proved him true.”
Give thanks for everything that causes you to trust the Lord more. Allow your physical weakness to lead you to spiritual strength.
Scripture to read:
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
Genesis 37, 39-42
Lord, I give You thanks in everything. I offer You my strengths and my weaknesses to use however pleases You. Whatever brings me to my knees more, I cannot help but be thankful for it. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.