A bookshelf sits in my office with varies types of books that I have read or acquired over the past few years. One of those books I had purchased from a thrift store here in Seattle. It was a book I had replaced because of the impact it had on my life during a troubled period of homelessness and seeking out particular answers to my own dilemma. Written by the Senior Pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle. The book is titled Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. This book describes how a young pastor took a dilapidated church building in Brooklyn, New York and transformed it into a healthy and vibrant Christian community. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir has one numerous Dove and Grammy awards and is made up of 280 men and women. The Church itself is now a place of worship for over 10,000 people. I had long forgotten the very impact this book had on my own life and blessings imparted from a Loving God that knows and understands who I am.
Reading through this work, I came across this statement:
That evening, when I was at my lowest, confounded by obstacles, bewildered by the darkness that surrounded us, unable even to continue preaching, I discovered an astonishing truth: God is attracted to our weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need [H]im. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for his power.
2 Corinthians 12:9 says this: And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Through our own weakness, through our own despair, there is strength in relying on the Lord. Many times, in my own life, I have looked to God to remove the troubles within my own life. Remove the heartache and the sorrow. The painful experiences that mark our human existence sometimes becomes overwhelming. We seek solace, comfort, and deny ourselves the opportunity to endure some of these trials. Regardless how these trials have come into existence and thrust us into perseverance, turning our life and will power over to the Sovereignty of God provides the antidote to the ailments we are experiencing.
The reality is that we have become powerless over our particular situation. For me, admitting this through my own humbling process, brings me to the altar of God and presenting my own weaknesses and offering them up. There is no longer pride, there is no longer my own will and desire. However, through this sacrifice and willingness to depart out of my own way gives opportunity for the sovereignty of God’s grace to begin working in my own heart and life.
Christians are looking for revival. They are looking for a fresh faith in God. They are surrounded by darkness. They are confounded by obstacles that are in their path. They have lost the ability to share the gospel with others. Yet, all we have to do is humble ourselves and come to the throne of a loving Sovereign and merciful God who will then provide us the power to overcome those things that have made us weak.
Are you seeking a fresh faith and passion for the sovereign will of God in your own life today?
- “Sovereign Lord, remember me. Please, God…” (faithfuldailyread.wordpress.com)
- What does sovereign mean? (priorityministries.com)
- When God’s People Pray (holytrinitysmallgroups.wordpress.com)
- How to Keep Praising God (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)