A few months ago, a routine day of yard work and chores ended with my arm broken. Now a broken bone was not a new experience to me; I have broken a lot of bones in my life. So when the doctor ordered a bone density scan I thought, “No big deal.” I have always thought of myself as strong, able to do anything my mind could conceive, so when the test showed osteoporosis, I was shocked.
Over the last 9 months, God has been teaching me about dependency on Him. This decline in my bone strength was just one more lesson pointing me to the fact that in myself, I am weak and must depend upon Jesus.
How wonderful it is that Jesus is given the name Mighty God. I am not dependent on a god that diminishes over time, nor one that has areas of weakness. Jesus is perfectly Mighty. He is strength without any weakness. His might will never fade nor shrink. The might that Jesus displayed at the creation of the world was the same He displayed on the cross and the same power He uses today to sustain my life and yours.
If you are 50 and find your bones deteriorating, or 35 and always tired at the end of the day, or 20 and unsure how to take that next step in life, do not despair. Be thankful for the weaknesses in your life. When we feel strong and mighty within ourselves, we do not need God. We don’t see Him as Mighty because we think in ourselves that we have all the might we need.
My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.
2 Corinthians 12:9
The world sees the sacrifice of Jesus’s death on the cross as an act of weakness. It tells us that real strength seeks its own good. But this is not the truth of Scripture. We must return daily to the cross of Christ, embracing the power and might of the One who could conquer sin on our behalf. This will help us to embrace our own weakness and cling to Jesus, our Mighty God.