I am often amazed (although I shouldn’t be, and wonder now why I am) by God’s ability to link together related lessons and experiences once He has my attention. I had the privilege of teaching a lesson on the life of Gideon and God’s transformation of his weakness into strength yesterday. A survey of this man’s life leaves us with the ultimate acknowledgement that God uses the humble… those who have come to the end of themselves. In Gideon’s case, he saw himself as the least amongst his brethren, quite the opposite from his visitor’s description, “Mighty Warrior.”
It was a painfully-pleasant surprise I received when I opened Dr. Wm Ryzek’s post, “On the Meaning of Mercy–Into the Presence” this morning to find these words…
“We dare not measure ourselves, our successes, our blessings, our churches against any other standard than the holiness of God. And when we are properly measured, we find ourselves weak, always tempted, ignorant, misguided (Heb. 2:16-18; 5:2) and in desperate need of our High Priest. But of all these, weakness stands out, at least to me because it is in such stark contrast to the prideful, arrogant, self-sufficient, independent and merciless ideals the world holds forth. To know our weakness is a deeply moving insight. It is the true condition of human existence, this frailty, fragility and tenuous life that is only a breath, a heartbeat away from ending. Most importantly, it is something Jesus knows about us because He, too, lived as a human being.”
Take a moment and visit his post through the link above. I am confident you’ll receive the blessing from his words that I did. His post is part of an “On the Meaning of Mercy” series.