During the summer conference season Keswick has wonderful speakers and teachers of the Word. I recently was there for just a few days and both enjoyed and was challenged by the messages.
Pastor Harold Vaughan did a message on prayer that was outstanding and the next night gave another great message on forgiveness.
During one of Pastor’s messages he made this statement: “God is attracted to weakness.”
Does that bring comfort to your heart? Do you ever feel weak?
When I consider times of weakness, I felt like I needed to put on a good face. That God was being “patient” with me until I was strong again. But that idea that God is attracted to weakness is an idea that comforts my heart. I know it’s true.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. Romans 8:26
Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:8-10
He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. Psalm 72:13
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Romans 5:6
God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; 1 Corinthians 1:27
My weakness does not repel God. My weakness attracts God. He pours out His grace, His comfort, His presence, His power, His mercy, His love, His kindness… He pours out Himself. In my weakness He is shown mighty.
So the next time you are feeling weak, instead of focusing on yourself and your weakness, turn your eyes away from you, lift them to gaze upon the Holy One and focus on all He is pouring out on your behalf.
After serving 16 years full-time on the staff of America’s Keswick, Diane and her husband moved to North Carolina where she continues to serve part time as a contributing writer and Partner Care Consultant. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
i If you would like to hear the complete messages go to: http://www.americaskeswick.org and click on WATCH LIVE EVENTS near the top. All the messages are archived. Victory Week 4 Tuesday PM is on prayer; Victory Week 4 Wednesday PM is on forgiveness.