God’s Strength in Our Weakness

“And Saul said to David, ‘You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.’”

1 Samuel 17:33

Ponder This

What would have happened that day if the Philistines had a giant and the Israelites had a giant and the Israelite giant went out and beat the Philistine giant? What would that have proven? Not a thing in the world, just another Super Bowl, that's all. Here’s their champion and here’s our champion: they go out and it is a toss-up as to who will win. Who is the strongest? But now suppose, a junior high school team goes to Chicago and plays the Bears. They say, “We're coming in the name of Jehovah,” and they win the battle. What do you think people in Chicago are going to think? It was the very weakness of David and the Israelites that highlighted God’s power. The goal in our lives is not to become strong in our own power but to display God’s strength that is working in our weakness.

  • What are some ways you are tempted to rely on your own strength instead of God’s strength?
  • How might God use you currently to display His strength?

Practice This

Ask God to reveal areas of weakness in your life that He wants to use. Step out in faith, acting obediently in that area, trusting that God will use you to display His strength.