All of us get weak. It is part of the human condition. We get tired, worn out, and exhausted.

Life is hard.

But I want to encourage you to not feel ashamed of being weak sometimes because it actually qualifies you for a supernatural encounter with God!

Read this verse:

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might, He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:29-31

When you are weak you qualify to experience His power!

So often I hear a Scripture quoted inaccurately, and it’s not a small thing. It is found in 2 Corinthians chapter 12 and it describes the same exchange – our weakness for His strength.
The way it is quoted is:

“For when I am weak then He is strong.”

But let us see what it actually says:

“For when I am weak then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10b

That is a HUGE difference. God is always strong. We are the ones who need His strength!

That Isaiah verse goes on to say even more amazing things about “increased strength”, “mounting up like eagles”, and being able to run and walk and not get tired.

But it is all predicated on this one phrase:

“They that wait upon the Lord”.

Watching television and spending time on social media does not renew your strength. In fact, it can do just the opposite. It can create frustration, deplete your energy, and even produce envy, which the Bible says, “rots your bones”.

“A sound heart is life to the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.” Proverbs 14:30

Waiting on the Lord means spending time with Him, in the Word, and in prayer.

When you get into the habit of praying throughout the day, reading the Word in the morning and the evening, you will be shocked at the extra energy you have, because it’s not yours, it’s His.
This is not simply good preaching, it is true.

Paul tells us the secret in that 2 Corinthians passage as to why he becomes strong:

“Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my weakness, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9b

Lean into the Lord when you are weak. Get into the Word and prayer and experience the power of Christ resting upon you.

John