Weakness may be unpleasant, but it is a very real symptom of the natural human condition. Jesus declared the flesh to be weak (Mt. 26:41, Mk.14:38). In Isaiah, the prophet pronounced that [e]ven the youths shall faint and be weary (Isa. 40:30). This points out that the strength of even the most vigorous among us does not really amount to much. Such a plain reality is not only bothersome, but it can also be downright depressing! It’s little wonder that David bluntly, desperately prayed [h]ave mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak (Ps. 6:2)!
Yet, the Bible doesn’t just set forth the misery of man’s wretched condition. It also presents the potential for strength. *The wonderful thing about God’s Book is that it always offers a solution for our need!
Do you painfully sense your own weakness? Consider these powerful words from scripture:
• He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength-Isa. 40:29
• But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint-Isa. 40:31
• Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold [grasp, hold, support-O.B.H.L]thee with the right hand of my righteousness-Isa. 41:10
• . . . . but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits-Dan. 11:32b.
• For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man-Eph. 3:14, 16
• Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power-Col. 1:11a