"Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me" - 2 Cor 12:19 (NIV).
Management is a discipline that studies how organisations can be run effectively and efficiently to meet their goals. Sometimes organizations aspire for a bright future and develope strategic plans outlining their proposed direction. Normally the process of developing a strategic plan must involve undertaking a SWOT analysis.
In this analysis the organisation must appraise its strength in order to tap into them but also have a clear admissions of its weakness. Perhaps some would argue why not stop at strengths and just develop these further. An assessment of weaknesses is important because without addressing them they will pose a threat and deny the organisation to seize opportunities out there.
Just as with organisation every life has a certain dose of weaknesses. It would be a mistaken idea of self importance to imagine that you are so good in every area of life without a trace of defect. Anyone who aspires to develop must every now and then take a stock of his weakness and come up with strategies to overcome them.
In the Bible we come across one man who was quick to admit his weakness. When God called Moses out of the bush to lead the Israelites, "Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue" (Exodus 4:10).
After pleading this weakness the Lord answered, "What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do" (vv 14- 15).
In your life and endeavours you too might have observed a certain weakness because there is no such thing like a perfect life. Just as with Moses take a stock and admit your weaknesses to Him. Then the Lord will guide you how to manage that weakness to become more fruitful in your life.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who created me know all my weaknesses which I bring to you that you help me overcome, for your glory, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!