Do You Know The Difference Between Being Weak and Strong?

Do You Know The Difference Between Being Weak and Strong?

By Henry Nelson

 

 

 

  Isaiah 40:29-31 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  In every situation, we have those whom we consider weak and those whom we consider strong. We all have somewhat different criteria that we use to come to this conclusion. This is generally referred to as “our standards” If someone does not measure up to your standards, you consider them weak. What does this automatically imply? Yes, that we who have set the standards, are the strong. I can poke holes in this whole system, but for the sake of this message let us consider that your standards are the right ones and that everyone else that does not measure up to those standards, is weak. {{more}} In the jungle in the animal kingdom the weak do not survive. The weak becomes food for the strong. Examples: Large predator cats will pick out the weakest in the herd. Chickens will peck the weakest one in the flock to death. Even among humans the bully will pick out the weak kid on the playground. Is this how things are to operate in the Kingdom of God? Is there any difference in the relationship between the weak and the strong? I believe that the scriptures speak quite clearly concerning this relationship.  Let us take a look at what God says from the standpoint of you being the strong one! God views the weak as objects of His special love and care and expects men and women to extend love and concern towards them, as well. God, Himself is there to give strength to those who are weak. Physically, but more importantly God is there to strengthen the spiritually weak, if you would only cry out to Him and let Him work in your lives. Amen!Isaiah 40:29-31 says, “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might Heincreases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shallutterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; they shallmount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary. They shall walk andnot faint. Amen!God does not look on the weak with scorn and condemnation he looks on the weak with pity and a yearning to help. If you really think about it was this very attitude that moved God, with pity, to send His own Son as the remedy for sinful weak and fallen man. Amen!2nd Corinthians 12:9 says, And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmitiesthat the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Amen! Isaiah 53:6 says, “All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned, every one, to his ownway; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Sin weakened us all, spiritually indeed. We were even weakened unto death. God looked down on mankind’s state and in His love, His mercy, His care and concern, gave us a new life and new strength in Him. God’s word explicitly describes how we are to treat those who are weaker than we are. We, as God’s children, need to emulate God in all of His ways. As God showed mercy, love, and concern for the weak it is only fitting that we, who are strong, also show mercy, love, and concern for our spiritually weak fellow man.Romans 15:1-2, “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.” Amen! We are not in a jungle atmosphere because we left that mind-set when we left the world. Survival of the fittest is a law of Darwin it is a law of the flesh it is a law with no hope and no help. We, as Christians live under a law of love, a law that frees others as we have been freed. It is a law of hope, in Christ Jesus. Amen!The weakest of us can be given support, encouragement, help, and eventually Eternal Life! Let us remember the proposition. You are the spiritually strong one. Now let us see what God tells you to do. To the leaders “shepherds” of Israel, God charges care, concern, involvement and responsibility. God is the same today as He was back then God still charges the “shepherds” the leaders of the flock with the same amount of love and concern as He did back then.We can readily see that the leadership has a special charge to care for the weak but what about the rank-and-file what about you? God does not leave anyone out of the picture we are to all care for, strengthen, uplift and love those who may be spiritually weaker than ourselves. Romans 14:1-4 says, “Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him whoeats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. You know this guy he’s the one who thinks it’s wrong to drink coffee he’s the one who thinks it’s wrong to celebrate Catholic holidays he’s the one who thinks it’s wrong to wear shorts. Of course you are so much more enlightened about all of these things we know that there is nothing wrong with any of these things as a matter of fact, you might even think it our mission to show all these weak brethren that it is O.K. to do this maybe if you expose them to these things, they will see how foolish they are being.Romans 14:21 says, “It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak. Amen! Some want to make the judgment that others are not going to stumble. They just do not like seeing anyone else have fun. They just want to find fault with everything.” Romans 14:21 it is not only speaking of someone “stumbling” it also speaks of someone being “offended” or of someone being made weak because someone else insists on his “rights. If I claim to love someone but do not respect them enough to refrain from doing or saying something that offends their spiritual concept of “right and wrong” how much do I really love them. Let us remember that the pressure is not on the weak the pressure is laid at the feet of the spiritually strong; the one’s that can see all of the problems the ones who know so much more than these weak brothers and sisters.Romans 15:1-2 says, “We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification.” Amen! Is this concept this Biblical principle limited to only food or should it be applied to every aspect of the Christian life? We are exhorted again and again to help those who are weaker than ourselves we are admonished to uphold the weak. 1st Thessalonians 5:14 says, “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.” God cares for loves and died for the weak, as well as the strong. As a matter of fact, Christ stated that He did not come to save the righteous, but He came to save sinners God’s word instructs us to also have a like care, concern, and love for those weaker than ourselves. If you cannot love the weak if you cannot help someone who is weaker than yourself, how then can you say that you love God? How much are you willing to sacrifice for others? I think Christ set the standard. Now you know the difference in being strong and weak. Amen!