A primary qualification for serving God with any amount of success, and for doing God’s work well and triumphantly, is a sense of our own weakness. When God’s warrior marches forth to battle, strong in his own might, when he boasts, “I know that I shall conquer, my own right arm and my conquering sword shall give me the victory,” then defeat is not very distant. God will not go forth with that kind of man who marches in his own strength. Anyone who counts on victory this way has reckoned wrongly, for “it is not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.”
They who go forth to fight, boasting of their prowess, shall return with their gay banners trailed in the dust, and their armour stained with disgrace. Those who serve God must serve him in his own way, and in his strength, or he will never accept their service. Anything that humans do, unaided by divine strength, and not done for His glory, God can never own. The mere fruits of the earth he casts away; he will only reap that whose seed was sown from heaven, watered by grace, and ripened by the sun of divine love. God will empty out all that we have to our own credit before He will invest in us ; He will first clean out our storehouses and granaries before he will fill them with the finest of the wheat.
The river of God is full of water; but not one drop of it flows from earthly springs. God will have no strength used in His battles except the strength which He Himself imparts. We do mourn over our own weaknesses, and often become discouraged. Let us take courage, then, for there must be a consciousness of weakness before the Lord will give us His victory. Emptiness is only a preparation for being filled, and a casting down is nothing less than the preparation in readiness for a lifting up.
“When I am weak then am I strong,
Grace is my shield and Christ my song.”
Ⓒ Charles H. Spurgeon.
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