Our Father Helps Us

And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. (1 Corinthians 2:3) 


My children come to me the quickest and the loudest when they are weak, fearful or trembling. Someone knocked them down, something scared them or something just does not “seem fair.” As they bare their concerns and worries to my listening ear, they regain composure to walk right back into the same exact situation. Usually nothing has changed, neither the circumstances nor the playmates, but by expressing those concerns to me, they were changed. 


We need to remember that God is our heavenly Father.  He is waiting for us to come to Him and bare our souls. It is in those times of weakness, fear and trembling that we need to learn to talk to Him. We need His strength to get back out there again. I pray for this frequently. Why? Because, like Paul, I have found in my walk with Christ that, “when we are weak then He is strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). God’s strength is made perfect, or complete, in weakness.  In times of helplessness and panic, I find hope and peace only when giving those burdens to Christ.  And after sensing His strength and power flowing through that weakness, fear and trembling, I know without a doubt that the living God alone has heard my cry.  The situation or circumstance may not change but I change and when I change, He gets the glory. 


Today, give God whatever situation is making you feel weak, fearful and helpless.  Ask Him to fill you with His power and wisdom.  Ask Him to work a miracle and change the situation, or ask Him to just change you–which also would be a miracle.  Record it and watch what God does. 


Pray about it:  Oh Lord, I pray that You may increase and I may decrease (John 3:30). I pray that your power may be perfected in my weakness, for I know that when I am weak, You are strong.  I want to draw from Your strength today.  Use me for Your glory. 


This devotion reminded me of what was preached in church yesterday, I must decrease so He can increase in my life. I am reminded of Hebrews 12:1, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us”. God is wanting us to reach hearts and lives for His glory but we must first decrease. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13). He is greater than I. 


Have a beautiful day in The Lord! 


Today’s Reading is Psalms 16:8