I realize sometimes we drown in religious jargon and spout off verses that we hardly understand, but can we be honest for a minute? If we were to consider God’s favor and blessing and how to attract it, a list might emerge in our minds.
- Build an orphanage in Africa
- Plant a church (preferably a large one)
- Sing “God songs” to thousands
- Witness to people as often as possible
We could go on, but you see my point. Despite what scripture tells us and how God reveals His heart, we get trapped in worldly thinking that promotes strength and criticizes (and motivates us to hide) our weakness. God has no issue with strength or our exercising strength, but that’s not what gets His attention.
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises to our God on the lyre,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who provides rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens which cry.
He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man.
The Lord favors those who fear Him,
Those who wait for His lovingkindness. –Psalm 147:7-11 (emphasis mine)
God’s delight is not in your power or what you’ve attained. His pleasure is not in how strong you are, fast you can run, or what you offer Him. He favors those who fear Him–those who know Him and respond in appropriate reverence, awe, and worship. Those who wait for His love get His attention.
The truth is, I’m known by people according to my strengths. I am known as a singer, a guy who plays piano and writes songs, someone who preaches. I have developed some strengths in my life as well as just being born with some. God didn’t choose me because of any of them. He doesn’t continue to love me because of what I can do for Him. I enjoy the light of His face, the glory of His presence, because I choose to trust Him and seek a greater intimacy.
“Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness,
Who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were hewn
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
“Look to Abraham your father
And to Sarah who gave birth to you in pain;
When he was but one I called him,
Then I blessed him and multiplied him.” –Isaiah 51:1-2
This pattern is seen throughout the scriptures and throughout all of human history, but we still stumble over it. If we want God, we should remember and look to Abraham and Sarah. They had a lot going for them, but God wasn’t attracted to that. He was attracted to their faith. God was so impressed He changed his name and told him he would be a father of many nations, but still he just one man with a barren wife. As they believed, God blessed and multiplied him. We are a part of that multiplication today.
That kind of momentum is staggering! That’s the power of forgoing strengths to know and understand His heart. You can be assured that men may call you blessed because of your strength and see outward prosperity as God’s approval or blessing, but God calls to our core and longs for us to be drawn into worship.
Every strength that isn’t fully submitted becomes a liability at some point unless you bring it as an offering at His feet.
What are you thoughts on this? How has God showed up in your weakness?