“I don’t know what I may seem to the world, but as to myself, I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.” – Sir Isaac Newton
I had an epiphany at work yesterday. It was just one of those moments where my mind warped as it might be sometimes just snatches words out of the noise around me and molds them into ideas that will forever shape the way I live my life. It may be God working in my mind showing and teaching me things or maybe it’s just my mind catching up and learning what He has already shown me and I didn’t realize.
The words that my mind heard were simple words in a class being taught by one of my firefighters about firefighter situational awareness and key things to think about in every incident we encounter. Confidence and weakness. Two very different words but invariably tied together. Most would say one is the opposite of the other or precludes the other from being present. What hit my heart was far from the case in fact.
Confidence isn’t knowing your strengths its accepting your weaknesses.
What does that mean? How do you apply that? Well what popped into my mind Biblically speaking were a few different verses or messages (I had google up the specific verses)
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “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.”
Romans 8:26 “In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;”
These verses speak to our weaknesses as strengths. In Corinthians, Paul is reminding us that Christ’s strength is made perfect in our weakness. Because we are weak and rely on Him we are strong. Accepting our weakness creates a Christ backed strength in us.
In Romans the Spirit helps us in our weakness with our prayers that we can’t even speak. When we are so weak that we can’t form words to ask for help because we don’t even know what it is we need, the Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf and speaks our heart. In our weakness we have a Holy advocate.
In accepting our weakness we are backed by Christ and advocated by the Spirit, and what does that allow us to do?
Hebrews 4:16 “Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
We can draw near with CONFIDENCE to the throne of God and receive mercy and grace.
Our weakness is made perfect in Christ and in Christ we find confidence enough to approach the throne of God to receive blessings. How can that not parallel into your daily life? I know where I am weak in my daily life. At work and relationships and even with diet and exercise choices, I know them for the most part. In that knowledge and acceptance, I can be confident in where I may fail and my actions to avoid that. It is the denial of my weaknesses that have caused my greatest follies and failures from false confidence and walking straight into the Devil’s traps. Self-reflect and acknowledge your weaknesses and accept them and become confident in Christ that they won’t hold you down but make you stronger.