In our culture, we tend to avoid the idea of weakness in ourselves. It is amazing to me however that this is precisely where God intends to reveal his glory. Isaiah 57:15 – God says, “I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
I recall the disturbing account of Richard Wurmbrand in a Romanian prison as relayed by Christianity Today. “Before his arrest, Richard never dreaded mockery or humiliation. But all that changed when two guards spat and urinated in his mouth while others watched and laughed. Under torture, Richard was forced to confess to being a homosexual, an adulterer, a thief, a spy, and a traitor. At night he retired to his cell, weeping from the emotional trauma of the day and praying for strength to endure the next day’s torment.”
We cringe at the details of such an event; however, we should not overlook God’s faithfulness: the Iron Curtain has fallen while the pathetic figure in this story has birthed a ministry which operates in several countries around the globe.
The point is clear: God chooses to operate in our weakness.
Charles Spurgeon who was called the ‘Prince of Preachers’, had this to say, “If any man thinks ill of you, do not be angry with him, for you are worse than he thinks you to be.”
During this season of the coronavirus, God has really blessed this ministry in a powerful way to prove that He alone – not us – is the driving force in helping our persecuted brothers and sisters.
This month’s challenge: Perhaps you have recently read a news article about a persecuted believer. Perhaps you are feeling discouraged about the lack of impact you have. You are right, your influence is small, but our God is big; Your contrite prayer and intercession to him may have more of an impact than you think!
“But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence” 1 Corinthians 1:27-30.