“…He gives power to the weak…” (Isaiah 40:29)
There are many ways to be powerful. We can be physically powerful, intellectually powerful, or we can be spiritually powerful like the prophet who speaks for God with the energizing anointing of the Holy Spirit upon his words. Often preachers seek out those who preach with great spiritual power trying to discover their secret. Their pursuit of spiritual power is often accompanied by a frantic attempt to strengthen their own spiritual life.
As one of the most spiritually powerful people who ever lived, the Apostle Paul shared the best kept secret of spiritual power when he wrote: “When I am weak then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) He preceded that by claiming God told him:“My strength is made perfect in (your) weakness.” It is in this context that Paul told the Corinthian Church he was with them in great weakness. He also challenged them to take a good look at their church because if they did they would realize: “God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty…” (1Corinthians 1:27)
Jesus taught that the first attitude we need to be salt and light is to be poor in spirit. This means among other things that we are in touch with our spiritual weakness. After we realize that we can’t do the work of God in our own power and offer ourselves as a conduit of what God wants to be and do through us, then God gives spiritual power to us in our weakness.
God gives power to the weak. We don’t find spiritual power by trying to make ourselves strong, but by confessing and accepting our weakness.