Is Your Strength Actually Your Weakness?

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Wouldn’t it be funny to do a flash mob of zombies when people started filing out of the theater after watching a zombie movie?  

Hi-lar-i-ous…until moviegoers started getting out the tire irons.

(I considered chomping my teeth at someone passing by me but chickened out after watching World War Z.)

But I digress. War World Z was a good zombie movie (as zombie movies go), but there was a conversation that stuck with me.

The doctor who may have a cure to the zombie “disease” states this theory about Mother Nature:

Sometimes the thing you thought was the most brutal aspect of the virus turns out to be the chink in its armor. And [mother nature] loves disguising her weaknesses as strengths.

Basically, to recap, what was seen as the strength of the disease is actually its weakness.

Could the same thing be true for us?

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Could Our Perceived strength = actual weakness?

Mother nature might agree that strength is weakness, but does the Bible?

Consequently, in the Bible, we have a quote similar but on the opposite end of the spectrum.

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. 2 Corinthians 12:9-11 (NIV)

If Strength = Weakness, then as math goes (and I’m no mathematician) then Weakness = Strength.

A=B, then B=A, right?

Mother nature is corroborated by the Bible.

We can freely look upon ourselves and our perceived weakness knowing that it is strength because Christ’s power may abound. Then we must look upon our perceived strengths with a balanced viewpoint that it may be our downfall instead.

We tend to not need to seek God in the areas we think we are strong in. It is the areas where we think we are weak that He can thrive because we know we cannot do it without His help. We allow Him the opportunity to intervene in those weak areas. But we arrogantly think we don’t need His help in the ones that come naturally to us — where we don’t tend to struggle — when actually we need His help in every area. And it’s in those areas that become the ‘chink’ in our armor. Our confidence can lead to mistakes.

How To Make Our Strength Strong Again

The only way to make our strengths strong again is by admitting that we need help in those areas too. In our prayers, asking God to show us where we could improve or where He wants us to hold back. We have to surrender our abilities to Him. We have to remind ourselves that pride leads to downfall. (Proverbs 16:18)

So today, ask yourself:

  • What are my weaknesses?
  • What are my strengths?

Are you trusting God in your strength? If you haven’t been, take it to God and give it back to Him. He gives all things, both our abilities and our lack of them. By reassessing your strength as a weakness you won’t be fooled into thinking your security rests on YOU instead of Him.

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Elaine Mingus

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