My husband David and I were walking down the hallway recently, and he was holding my hand. His right hand was holding my left hand. Isaiah 41:10 came to mind:
“‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” (NASB)
In the Bible, the right hand is the place of power and authority, of STRENGTH. The Lord impressed on me to look up the biblical meaning of the left hand, so I researched it on the Internet . . . and the meaning amazed me. The left hand is the hand of WEAKNESS.
What the Lord taught me that morning is that our weakness is held in the grip of His strength. His power and authority cover our weakness. They are greater than our frailties, and they overcome them.
In fact, the Lord purposefully works in the midst of our weakness for His own special reasons. Here are just a few of them:
Our weakness draws us closer to the Lord
Psalm 23:1 tells us, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (NASB). The shepherd takes care of the sheep. We are meant to depend on our Shepherd, to follow Him because we know His voice (John 10:4). If we felt we could do everything for ourselves, we would not see our need for the Lord, and that would be a very dangerous and vulnerable way to live.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart; he gently leads those that have young” (Isaiah 40:11, NIV). We come to know the Lord better and to love Him more as He meets us in our weakness and cares and provides for us there.
Our weakness enables us to experience His power and glory
When the Lord shows up in our weakness and does what only He can do, we catch a glimpse of His power and glory. We recognize His strength at work in, through, and around us, and it brings us to our knees before Him.
He is mighty to save (Isaiah 63:1). Wherever you might be feeling weak right now is the exact place He can show up and show off. 2 Corinthians 4:7 says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (NASB). In other words, the Holy Spirit (the treasure) inside of us (the earthen, broken vessels) moves in and through us to show the surpassing greatness of the power of God. His power is surpassing, much greater than our own, and it truly displays itself in our weakness. It’s like having a cracked pot and putting a light inside of it. The light shines through the broken places. That’s what God does in our lives. Our weakness helps us realize that true power resides in God and not in us, and we can count on His power to move and triumph in our lives.
Our weakness attracts others to Him
Others, too, can see our weakness and brokenness and what God does through them. Ephesians 3:20 tells us, He “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” so . . . “to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (NASB). That word glory carries the idea of showing or displaying; in other words, God reveals Himself through our weaknesses, and that results in praise, honor, and glory for Him.
When others see the love and power of God operating in our lives, they want to know Him too. That’s why Paul said, “Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10, NASB).
May you choose today to slip your hand into the powerful hand of the Lord. He wants to use His hand to draw you close, display His power in your life, and allow others to see Him in and through you. He always offers us the stronger hand.
Question: Where/how do you need to experience the Lord’s stronger hand? Comment below, and I will pray for you.
Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 23:1; John 10:4; Isaiah 40:11; Isaiah 63:1; 2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 3:20; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10