“Weakness is the human condition, whether weakness of the gutless, or weakness of the ardent. Living with the awareness of human weakness, in the presence of a zealous heart for God, takes enormous courage… The only remedy for Elijah was communion with the Source of Strength, his Real Father. By that intimate contact, Elijah was infused with God’s own power. True spiritual might is imparted not achieved, and not possible to normal humanity.”
From Chariot of Fire by Martha Kilpatrick
As I read about the horrific Orlando shooting yesterday and watched news coverage on the event, I found myself getting sucked into the maelstrom of emotional responses. So much anger and fear! I finally had to shut everything down and just get quiet with the Lord. As I did, I was reminded of the above passage from Chariot of Fire, and I realized how much it resonated with me in light of the seemingly successful effort of Satan and his vessel. I have no strength to defend myself, no control over events to protect the ones I love, and no natural intelligence that would allow me to prevent evil from marching through my life. I don’t even know how to pray until the Holy Spirit gives me His own prayer! I am weak and entirely dependent on God in every way.
The Gift of Weakness
“True spiritual might is imparted not achieved.” Yesterday’s slaughter is not the first of its kind and it won’t be the last. What is the one thing that a weak, dumb sheep can do in the face of that truth? Run to the Good Shepherd who imparts all that we need, right when we need it. Our weakness is a gift that drives us to the Source of eternal power.
“What is Your will, Lord, that I may do it? What is Your desire here, that I may pray it? Who are You looking at, that I may see them as You do?” Only in this daily intimacy will I experience the living impartation I require to live the life He’s given me.
Weakness in Evil Days
Our weakness is total, but our Father is God Most High and His Power is absolute. Though evil is ever more brazen and declares itself triumphant, we know that victory belongs to Jesus Christ. That is the reality I hold to, and my Adonai alone is to be feared and glorified. I will thank God for these evil-filled days and I will worship Him. May the broken and desperate souls who have been ravaged by evil find the only Solace there is and open their hearts to His love.
Therefore see that you walk carefully [living life with honor, purpose, and courage; shunning those who tolerate and enable evil], not as the unwise, but as wise [sensible, intelligent, discerning people], making the very most of your time [on earth, recognizing and taking advantage of each opportunity and using it with wisdom and diligence], because the days are [filled with] evil.
Therefore do not be foolish and thoughtless, but understand and firmly grasp what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:15-17 AMP