The Grace of Weakness

Grace Hands - Whelan IV


For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in Your book
before one of them came to be.

~ Psalm 139:13-16.


These are the awe-filled words of David, in his song to God at the wonder of his creation.

They are words that also deeply affirm us, as known in the mind of God before we ever came to be, and exquisitely crafted and nurtured by Him into existence.

They are words that fill the lungs again when we struggle to see our purpose, and sometimes even our value.

I have come to see these words in a different way also though, in a way that’s been freeing. That it’s not only what these verses affirm about what we are in God’s design, but what we are not.

How easy it is to be snared by the sense of: do more, be more.

We could potentially spend our one gift of a life, spend our selves, trapped in this pursuit, that in essence says, do more, be more.

But beyond the realm of our responsibility and our choices, and the worshipful working out of our salvation,  it is not possible to be any more than what God has created of us to be.

And so in the laying down of the striving, is a rest in our limits.

What a chance this gives this us to trust God:

The eternal God who is infinite in His wisdom and perfect in His love personally made you and me. He gave you the body, the mental abilities, and the basic personality you have because that is the way He wanted you to be. And He wanted you to be just that way because He loves you and wants to glorify Himself through you. This is the believer’s foundation for self-acceptance … trusting God for who I am … flaws and all.

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges (Colorado: NavPress, 1988) 173.

What a chance this gives this us to glorify God, Who assures us: ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness’ ~ 2 Cor.12:9. And to echo the strength of Paul’s humility in his response: ‘Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me’~ 2 Cor.12:9. (emphasis added).

The goal never was to do more or to be more, but only to rest and to receive.


Photo and Writing by Birgit Whelan © Copyright 2013. 

~ by Birgit on August 7, 2013.

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